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The Clever Boys take aim at Arrows

Bidvest Wits will aim to return to winning form when they face hosts Golden Arrows in an Absa Premiership match at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Thursday 12 December 2019, kick-off at 18h00.

Wits’ last league outing saw them record their first draw of the season, as they were held 1-1 by Highlands Park at Makhulong Stadium on November 26, with Thabang Monare equalising from a late penalty. The Clever Boys have taken an impressive 10 points from a possible 12 on the road so far this league campaign.

The Johannesburg side is looking to end a run of four matches without a win across all competitions, with their most recent result a narrow 1-0 loss away to Mali’s Djoliba in the CAF Confederation Cup this past weekend.

Arrows suffered a first league loss since early October when they went down 2-1 away to Black Leopards on November 30. Abafana Bes’thende, though, boast an excellent home record: 14 points from six undefeated matches in 2019/20.

In head-to-head stats, Wits and Arrows have met in 32 league matches since 2001/02. The Johannesburg side has claimed 19 wins compared to five for their Durban counterparts, while eight matches have been drawn. Abafana Bes’thende have won have won just three of their 16 home matches in the rivalry, suffering nine defeats in the process.

Wits took four points off Arrows in the teams’ two league meetings last season. Their clash in Johannesburg in December 2018 ended 2-2, while a loan goal from Frank Mhango saw the Clever Boys win the return game in Durban in May 2019. Arrows have not won a home league match against Wits since February 2007.

Arrows’ line-up from their 2-1 loss to Leopards on November 30: Sibanda, S. Dube, Sibisi, Mathiane, Nkombelo, Makhubela (Sibisi 88′), Phiri, Shitolo (Venter 78′), Parusnath, Mtshali, Mutizwa.

Wits’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Highlands on November 26: Petersen, Nonyane, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Hlanti, Domingo (Pelembe 59’), Alexander, Monare, Hotto (Khunyedi 89’), Dzvukamanja, Motupa (Machupu 46’).

Head-to-Head

LAST 10 LEAGUE RESULTS

Season                  Result                                 Scorers

2013/14               Wits 1-0 Arrows                Ngalende
2013/14               Arrows 0-1 Wits                Ngcobo
2015/16               Wits 3-2 Arrows                Mahlambi, Klate 2; Hotto, Khenyeza
2015/16               Arrows 0-1 Wits                Hlanti
2016/17               Arrows 0-0 Wits
2016/17               Wits 3-0 Arrows                Mhango (pen); Ngele 2
2017/18               Wits 1-3 Arrows                Gamal; Lamola, Nkombelo, Sibiya
2017/18               Arrows 1-2 Wits                Mzava (pen); Mhango, Majoro (pen)
2018/19               Wits 2-2 Arrows                Murray (pen), Motupa; Parusnath, Jooste (pen)
2018/19               Arrows 0-1 Wits                Mhango