Absa Premiership

Wits target TKO quarters

2015-10-01 09:07
Gavin Hunt (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Free State Stars and Bidvest Wits will meet for a second successive match when they battle for a place in the Telkom Knockout quarter-finals.

The teams came face to face in an Absa Premiership match on September 26 and played to a goalless stalemate at Goble Park.

This took the teams’ overall head-to-head tally to 56 league and cup matches since 1986. The Clever Boys have 20 wins compared to 15 for Ea Lla Koto, while 21 matches have been drawn.

In terms of cup matches, Wits and Stars have clashed six times in the past, with their most recent clash arriving in the Nedbank Cup earlier this year: the game in Johannesburg ended goalless before the Clever Boys advanced on penalties.

Wits have three outright wins in cup games against Stars (added to the abovementioned shootout win), while the two other games have gone the way of the Free State side: one an outright win and one via penalties.

Stars, who won the League Cup in 1994 when it was known as the Coca-Cola Cup, were eliminated from the Telkom Knockout in the last 16 round in 2014 – they lost 1-0 away to SuperSport United. Wits, who won the League Cup in 1985 and 1995, were also victims of SuperSport last season, going down 2-1 to the eventual champions in the quarterfinals.

The draw the teams played to on September 26 was the first each recorded this season in the league. Stars have otherwise suffered three defeats (all at the start of the season) and claimed two wins over Chippa United and Maritzburg, both arriving in the month of September.

Wits have won four of their six league matches, with their only loss coming away to Mamelodi Sundowns. In the MTN8 they beat SuperSport United in the quarter-finals before losing 2-1 on aggregate to Ajax Cape Town in the semis.

Coach Gavin Hunt will aim to go one step further in the Telkom Knockout.

The fixture is set to be hosted at Goble Park.

Kick-off is at 15:00 on Saturday, October 3.

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