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City looking to build momentum v Arrows

Polokwane City will look to build momentum in the Absa Premiership when they host Golden Arrows at the old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Kick-off at 7.30pm CAT.

The Limpopo side come into this clash having beaten Platinum Stars 1-0 last week, thanks to a rare goal from defender Thapelo Tshilo. It was their first win in the league in 2017, putting to an end a run of 10 matches in which City picked up just seven points from a possible 30.

Rise and Shine are placed sixth on the log on 31 points and despite a lean run of form since the turn of the year, they are very much in the running to finish in the top half of the table and secure qualification for next season’s MTN8.

Yet the club have made headlines more for their off-field drama with coach Luc Eymael, who tried to ‘jump ship’ to Bloemfontein Celtic last week ordered by the PSL’s Dispute Resolutions Chamber to return to Polokwane City.

The Belgian has refused to do so, citing not only an irreparably damaged relationship with chairman Johnny Mogaladi but also claiming that his life is in danger. This leaves Bernard Molekwa still in charge on a caretaker basis.

As for Golden Arrows, they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Ajax Cape Town in their last league outing (on April 15), while they come into this match off the back of a 1-0 win over Platinum Stars in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals this past weekend.

Like their opponents, Abafana Bes’thende are well in line to finish in the top half of the table. They are placed seventh with 31 points (the same as City, but with an inferior goal difference).

“We're in a good situation. We can put out the strongest team. We'd like to achieve on both fronts, the league and cup, so it’s a nice space to be in,” Arrows coach Clinton Larsen said ahead of their Nedbank Cup triumph.

“We have a hectic programme of three matches in a week. After Saturday we go to Polokwane City on Tuesday, and then Sundowns on Friday. So we need everyone," he added.

“We will probably freshen the team up a little bit. There might be one or two fresh legs coming in, considering the league programme, but the core of the team will stay the same.”

In head-to-head stats, Arrows and Polokwane have met in five previous top-flight league matches. Abafana Bes’thende boast an unbeaten record in the sequence, with four wins and a draw.

Polokwane have lost both of their two previous home league matches against Arrows, while the teams’ meeting earlier this season produced a thrilling 3-3 draw in Durban back in November 2016.


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