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Absa Premiership

Teams: Black Leopards v Polokwane City

Date: 4 August 2019

Venue: Thohoyandou Stadium

Black Leopards and Polokwane City will open their 2019/20 Absa Premiership campaigns with a Limpopo derby at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday.

The match is scheduled to get underway at 15h00.

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Leopards ended last season with a 1-0 home win over Cape Town City on May 11, a result which secured a 13th place finish on the log. They recorded seven wins, nine draws and 14 defeats for a haul of 30 points.

Polokwane ended last season with a 3-0 loss away to Orlando Pirates on May 11, a result which saw them end in fifth place on the log. They recorded 11 wins, 11 draws and eight defeats for a haul of 44 points.

In head-to-head terms, Leopards and Polokwane have met in two top-flight league matches.

Both encounters took place last season, with Lidoda Duvha winning 1-0 at home in August 2018 (with a goal from Karabo Tshepe), while the return game in April 2019 saw Rise and Shine exact revenge with a 3-1 triumph, courtesy of strikes from Puleng Tlolane, Mpho Mvelase and Mohammed Anas.

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Here is how they line-up.

Leopards: 1 Mendes, 8 Matlaba, 33 Katjiukua, 29 Masia, 13 P Zulu, 14 Phala, 25 Mokoena, 15 Bereng, 12 Kapinga, 31 T Ndlovu, 21 S Zulu.

Subs: 22 K Ndlovu, 5 Abubakar, 17 Hlongwane, 6 Mudau, 20 Ngele, 23 Ndawonde, 30 Mhlongo.

Polokwane: 1 Chigova, 24 Hlongwane, 22 Mbonani, 27 Motloung, 2 Mvelase, 16 Mngomezulu, 14 Manaka, 8 J Maluleke, 4 Nene, 11 Hlubi, 9 Mashumba.

Subs: 50 Phali, Nthatheni, Nku, 6 Chauke, 18 W Maluleke, 29 Mphambaniso, 31 Wagaba.

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