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.
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.
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.