‘DIKWENA’ OUT TO TAME ‘FLY­ING CIT­I­ZENS’

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG -

Plat­inum Stars and Cape Town City will bat­tle in an ABSA Premiership clash at the Royal Bafo­keng Sta­dium in the evening to­day, with both teams ea­ger to pick up from where they left off in 2017. Kick-off is at 8:15pm CAT. Dikwena ended last year on a high with a 1-0 win away to de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Bid­vest Wits, pro­pel­ling the North West club up and out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone. The Rusten­burg side have won two of their last three matches and put to­gether a se­quence of re­sults which has brought just one de­feat in eight, push­ing them away from the foot of the ta­ble.

Stars have strug­gled, though, on home soil dur­ing the course of the on­go­ing campaign and have ac­cu­mu­lated just five points from seven matches at their base. Their last home match was a 1-0 loss to Kaizer Chiefs in their penul­ti­mate match of last year.

City ended 2017 with back-to­back 1-0 wins over AmaZulu (home) and Mamelodi Sun­downs (away) on 15 and 19 De­cem­ber re­spec­tively. The six points pushed them up to sec­ond place on the log stand­ings, and within touch­ing dis­tance of the Brazil­ians.

Pos­si­ble

The Cit­i­zens have claimed 11 points from a pos­si­ble 21 on the road this season, though their vic­to­ries at de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Bid­vest Wits and cur­rent lead­ers Downs demon­strates that they can beat any team on their trav­els - some­thing that has not be syn­ony­mous with teams from the Mother City over the years.

In head-to-head stats, Stars and City have met in three league matches since the lat­ter’s for­ma­tion at the start of last season.

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