Teams: Kaizer Chiefs v Bloemfontein Celtic
Date: 24 February 2018
Venue: FNB Stadium
Kaizer Chiefs are looking to close the gap on leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, when they host Bloemfontein Celtic in an Absa Premiership match at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night.
The Glamour Boys are starting to peak at the right time after new arrivals Leonardo Castro and Siphelele Ntshangase boosted their ranks.
Steve Komphela’s charges extended their unbeaten run in the league to eight matches, when they narrowly beat Cape Town City 1-0 last weekend.
The Soweto giants are five points behind Sundowns in third spot and will be desperate to snatch all the three points as they chase their first league title since the 2014/15 season.
Meanwhile, Siwelele’s season has continued to nosedive following a bright start.
Veselin Jelusic’s troops are on a five-match winless run, after they were downed 4-2 by SuperSport United three weeks ago in Tshwane in their last league outing.
Phunya Sele Sele turned things around when they met Matsatsantsa a week later in the Nedbank Cup last 32, as they progressed to the last 16 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in extra-time.
Celtic are dangerously lying 12th on the log with 25 points from 20 matches, four points above the relegation play-off spot.
Here's how they line up:
Chiefs: 32. Khune, 4. Cardoso, 20. Ngezana, 2. Mphahlele, 22. Zulu, 23. Molangoane, 12. Maluleka, 38. Meyiwa, 27. Ekstein, 29. Moon, 8. Castro.
Subs: 16. Khuzwayo, 25. Parker, 14. Tshabalala, 3. Mathoho, 6. Jayiya, 5. Ntshangase, 35. Malope.
Celtic: 30. Tignyemb, 3. Pfumbidzai, 27. Rikhotso, 33. Motshegwa, 13. Letsoalo, 2. Molekwane, 25. Gordinho, 35. Baloyi, 7. Hotto, 10. Mabena, 8. Phalane.
Subs: 34. Dambe, 26. Lubisi, 17. Mabasa, 18. Mashikinya, 45. Nyundu, 4. Dlamini, 6. Maruping.