Teams: Kaizer Chiefs v Bloemfontein Celtic
Date: 07 December 2019
Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium
Table-topping Kaizer Chiefs will have a chance to restore their ten-point lead when they tackle Bloemfontein Celtic in the Absa Premiership on Saturday evening.
Amakhosi enter the encounter having won their last seven consecutive league matches, the last of which was a 4-0 thumping of Stellenbosch FC a week ago in Cape Town.
Ernst Middendorp’s charges were not in action last weekend and their lead at the top of the table has been cut down to seven points by second-placed SuperSport United, who beat Highlands Park 2-0 on Friday.
The Soweto giants will welcome back influential defender Erick Mathoho back from suspension while talisman Khama Billiat has been given a rest after a hectic club and country schedule.
Meanwhile, Siwelele have not lost a league match in their last five outings and will be confident of causing an upset.
Lehlohonolo Seema’s charges edged struggling Polokwane City 1-0 last Saturday and moved up to fifth on the table with 17 points from 12 matches, as a result.
Phunya Sele Sele denied Amakhosi victory in their two league meetings last season, edging the Soweto giants 1-0 in Polokwane after the first-round clash ended 2-2 back at FNB Stadium.
Here's how they line up:
Chiefs: 43. Akpeyi, 39. Frosler, 20. Sasman, 4. Cardoso, 3. Mathoho, 31. Katsande, 5. Baccus, 25. Parker, 8. Castro, 9. Nurkovic, 11. Manyama.
Subs: 44. Bvuma, 12. Maluleka, 2. Mphahlele, 7. Kambole, 30. Ngezana, 36. Ntiya-Ntiya, 28. Zuma.
Celtic: Mpoto, Ngobeni, Pfumbidzai, Mahashe, Potsane, Mashikinya, Luthuli, Baloyi, Tchilimbou, Mabena, Phalane.
Subs: Chaine, Sera, Letsoalo, Tani, De Jongh, Mangweni, Njoti.