Absa Premiership

Celtic target 'Downs scalp

2015-10-20 14:05
Clinton Larsen (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bloemfontein Celtic return to their happy hunting ground, Seisa Ramabodu Stadium, when they entertain Mamelodi Sundowns in an Absa Premiership encounter on Wednesday night.

The venue is hosting its first match since 2011 after which it was closed for renovations, and close to 20,000 fans are expected to be in attendance to mark the re-opening occasion.

High-flying Siwelele saw their four-match winning run come to an end with a goalless draw against Golden Arrows at the weekend, although they will still be looking to extend their unbeaten run to six games.

Clinton Larsen's men are currently one of three teams - the other two are Mpumalanga Black Aces and Platinum Stars - that share top spot with 14 points after seven games of 2015/16.

"Our attack was a bit disappointing in the last game, but defensively we were very sound," Larsen said.

"We'll hope to keep our shape against Sundowns and improve further up the field. 

"It's going to be a big game back at our old stadium and hopefully we can mark the occasion with a win."

Lerato Lamola (flu) and Alfred Ndengane (ankle) are pushing to start having to make to with bench roles against Arrows, while Larsen has confirmed that Frank Mhango is contention for a first appearance of the season after finally recovering from a groin injury.

But But Vuyisile Wana and Alushavhiwi Marubini (both knee) are still out.

Sundowns have not played a league match for almost a month, while their last taste of competitive action was the Telkom Knockout on October 3.

Pitso Mosimane's men have recovered from their sluggish start to the season to sit in sixth place, four points off the top position.

Mario Booysen, Thabo Nthethe and Mogakolodi Ngele are all fitness doubts, but Abdul Razak could return.

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