Bidvest Wits aim for Celtic win


Bidvest Wits will go in search of their first Absa Premiership win this season when they host Bloemfontein Celtic at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday, 1 September. Kick-off is at 18h00.

Bidvest Wits began the season with a 2-0 defeat away to Free State Stars on the opening weekend.

The Johannesburg side then recorded a 2-2 home draw against Black Leopards in their next encounter and they will want to go one step further and pick up all the points on offer in this match.

Celtic also kicked-off their league campaign with a loss, going down 3-2 away to Black Leopards. They then bounced back against Platinum Stars in their last outing, recording a 2-1 win.

In head-to-head stats, Wits and Celtic have met in 46 league matches since 1985.

The Clever Boys have 18 wins, Phunya Sele Sele 14, and there have been 14 draws between the teams. Wits have a strong home record against their Free State counterparts, with 13 wins from 24 matches (and just four defeats).

Last season Celtic took four points off the Johannesburg side, drawing 0-0 in Bloemfontein before winning the return game 3-1.

Wits’ line-up from their 2-2 draw with Leopards:

Hoffman; Moon, Mokoena, Mabizela, Mayinga; Pattison, Nengomasha; Vilakazi, Chapman (Isaacs 60’), Timm (Faty 66’); Kadi

Celtic’s line-up from their 2-1 win over Stars:

Tignyemb; Leonard, Isaacs, Motlhaping, Mahoa; Mogorosi, Madubanya, Nthethe, Lakay (Gamildien 62’); Nontshinga (Lentjies 72’), Manzini (Bacela 59′)


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