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Maritzburg tackle rejuvenated Celtic

Maritzburg United will square off with Bloemfontein Celtic in an Absa Premiership match at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday.

Kick-off is at 8pm, live on SS4HD and live streaming through DStv Now.

The Team of Choice ended their two-match winless run in the league when they defeated Ajax Cape Town 2-1 in the Mother City last week Friday.

As a result, Maritzburg are placed ninth on the league standings with 21 points from 15 matches. They are two points behind fourth-placed Kaizer Chiefs.

Meanwhile, Celtic also ended their two-match winless run in the league when they edged out Arrows 2-1 at home last weekend.

Phunya Sele Sele are now placed sixth on the league standings with 23 points from 15 matches. They are two points behind third-placed Free State Stars.

Previous starting line-ups

Maritzburg United: Ofori, Fransman, Sanoka, Xulu, Makaringe, Maboe, Ndlovu, Shandu, Mekoa, Rusike, Mokate

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Letsoalo, Maema, Gordinho, Baloyi, Hotto, Mabena, Phalane.



Season Result Scorers
2012/13 Celtic 1-1 Maritzburg Nyanda; M. Booysen
2013/14 Celtic 0-0 Maritzburg
2013/14 Maritzburg 1-1 Celtic Sekotlong; Mhango
2014/15 Maritzburg 0-0 Celtic
2014/15 Celtic 0-1 Maritzburg Lentjies
2015/16 Maritzburg 0-2 Celtic Morena, Nyatama
2015/16 Celtic 0-1 Maritzburg Sonoka
2016/17 Celtic 0-1 Maritzburg Lentjies
2016/17 Maritzburg 1-1 Celtic Maboe; Mabaso
2017/18 Celtic 1-0 Maritzburg Motshegwa

LEAGUE RECORD (since 2005/06)

Home P W D L GF GA
Maritzburg 11 3 5 3 11 11
Celtic 12 3 5 4 10 9

Away P W D L GF GA
Maritzburg 12 4 5 3 9 10
Celtic 11 3 5 3 11 11

Total P W D L GF GA
Maritzburg 23 7 10 6 20 21
Celtic 23 6 10 7 21 20

What are the teams saying

Maritzburg United head coach Fadlu Davids: “Celtic should have beaten us 6-0 in the last game, we only lost 1-0," he said. "So it’s definitely going to be tough, they are a fantastic team. They are busy in the market, so it’s going to be very tough.”

Bloemfontein Celtic captain Patrick Tignyemb: "We are expecting a good match against good team," he said. "We beat them at home in the first round, so, we know what to expect from them. We need to be well prepared for Maritzburg and we should not underestimate them."

Maritzburg United key players

Siyanda Xulu: The experienced defender is enjoying his football at Maritzburg having scored the winning goal against Ajax Cape Town. The former Mamelodi Sundowns player will be will be looking to continue his good form against Celtic.

Deolin Mekoa: The midfielder played an instrumental role in helping Maritzburg defeat Ajax - scoring the equalizing goal in the second-half. The former South Africa youth international will be keen to score again and help his side secure another win.

Bloemfontein Celtic key players

Lorenzo Gordinho: The central defender impressed against Golden Arrows on his Celtic debut after joining the club from Kaizer Chiefs on-loan last week. The young defender will be eager to ensure that his side keep a clean sheet in Pietermaritzburg.

Victor Letsoalo: The striker is in top form at the moment having scored four goals in his last four league games for Celtic. The former Baroka FC forward will be hoping to continue his scoring form against Maritzburg and help side secure an away win.


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