Starting XI: Wits v FS Stars
Absa Premiership Starting XI: Bidvest Wits v Free State Stars 05 January 2018
Teams: Bidvest Wits v Free State Stars
Date: 5 January 2018
Venue: Bidvest Stadium
The Absa Premiership gets back underway on Friday evening after the Christmas break, with defending champions Bidvest Wits hosting Free State Stars at the Bidvest Stadium.
Astonishingly, Wits headed into the new year rooted to the bottom of the log with 11 points from 14 games. By contrast, Ea Lla Koto, who have played one more match than Gavin Hunt’s side, are fifth with 22 points.
However, the league table has seemingly done little to curb the Clever Boys’ power in the transfer market.
Wits recently announced the mid-season signings of Edwin Gyimah and Lehlohonolo Majoro, while also striking pre-contract agreements to sign Thobani Mncwango‚ Robyn Johannes and Denis Weidlich with effect from 1 July. In addition, the champions recalled Sifiso Myeni from his loan spell at SuperSport United.
Free State Stars went into the festive season in high spirits following a 2-1 win over Orlando Pirates, but they will arguably face an even tougher test in a desperate and rejuvenated Clever Boys on their return to league action.
However, they have long been a bogey team for Wits, and with recent form on their side, will be looking to hammer another nail into the coffin of the once mighty champions.
Here's how they line up:
Wits: 1. Keet, 4. Khumalo, 7. Klate, 8. Monare, 14. Claasen, 13. Hlanti, 15. Mkhwanazi, 23. Myeni, 25. Gyimah, 33. Frolser, 45. Majoro.
Stars: 23. Sangare, 6. Teyise, 22. Keita, 20. Mashego, 4. Makhaula, 11. Jantjie, 2. Mobbie, 13. Maphakisa, 5. Masehe, 27. Tchilimbou, 3. Anas.