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Baroka, Arrows in top of the log clash

Baroka FC will face off with Lamontville Golden Arrows in an Absa Premiership match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday.

Kick-off is at 7:30pm.

Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele, who are undefeated, maintained their great start to the 2017/18 season with a 2-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs at the Moses Mabhida Stadium a fortnight ago.

Lewis Macha and Gift Motupa scored for Baroka, and as a result, the team is stitting at the top of the league log with 15 points from seven games. They are two points above second-placed Arrows.

Meanwhile, Arrows also extended their unbeaten run in the league when they drew 1-1 with Chippa United at the Princess Magogo Stadium two weeks ago.

Knox Mutizwa netted for undefeated Abafana Bes'thende, who are placed second on the league standings with 13 points from seven games. They are a point ahead of third-placed Cape Town City.

Possible starting line-ups

Baroka: Vries, Shaku, Mothupa, Masenamela, Matloga, Madubanya, Ntshangase, Banda, Moeti, Mdatsane, Macha.

Arrows: Gumede, Mngwengwe, Mzava, Cele, Nkombela, Bilankulu, Sibiya, Jooste, Mahachi, Lamola, Mutizwa.



Season Result Scorers

2016/17 Baroka 1-1 Arrows Matloga; Phiri

2016/17 Arrows 3-2 Baroka Magubane, Mahashe (og), Mahachi; Letsoalo 2

LEAGUE RECORD (since 2016/17)

Home P W D L GF GA

Baroka 1 0 1 0 1 1

Arrows 1 1 0 0 3 2

Away P W D L GF GA

Baroka 1 0 0 1 2 3

Arrows 1 0 1 0 1 1

Total P W D L GF GA

Baroka 2 0 1 1 3 4

Arrows 2 1 1 0 4 3

What the teams are saying

Baroka midfielder Letladi Madubanya:

"Well, for us it's a normal game and we will play our normal game against Arrows," he said.

"We have prepared very for them, but we did not change the way we have been training just because we are playing against Arrows.

"We are just looking to continue our good form and make sure that we score more goals than them on the day."

Golden Arrows head coach Clinton Larsen:

“We have got to make sure that when we play these type of teams," he said.

"We must try to get results against the likes of Baroka and Polokwane City.

"Because at the end of the league when you tally the points those are going to be decisive games which determine whether you are in or out."

Baroka key players

Olaleng Shaku: The Baroka captain has been solid at the back for Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele, who have kept three clean sheets out of seven games this season. The defender will be looking to marshall his defence and ensure that they do not concede.

Gift Motupa: The attacking midfielder has been largely used as an impact player and he has netted four goals from two league starts. The 23-year-old attacker will be looking to inspire Baroka to victory when they take on Abafana Bes'thende.

Arrows key players

Kudakwashe Mahachi: The attacking midfielder has been one of the most outstanding players in the league this season. The Zimbabwean winger, who has scored three league goals, will be hoping to maintain his good form against Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele.

Lerato Lamola: The forward remains Abafana Bes'thende's first-choice striker having netted three league goals thus far in the current campaign. The 31-year-old frontman will be eager to score and help his side win in Polokwane.


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