Absa Premiership

Preview: Bloemfontein Celtic v Platinum Stars

2017-02-25 09:00
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Cape Town - Bloemfontein Celtic will be aiming to make full use of a second successive Premiership home game when they welcome Platinum Stars to the Dr Molemela Stadium on Saturday.

Twelfth-placed Siwelele bounced back from successive defeats that had sucked them into the relegation battle when they beat Chippa United in front of their own fans last week.

Now they will be looking to make it six points from six against a Dikwena side in free-fall.

The men from Rustenburg have sunk to 14th on the table after a five-match winless run, which included a 2-1 loss to champions Mamelodi Sundowns in their last game.

Assistant coach Willem Jackson admits these are worrying times in Rustenburg.

“The coach has spoken to the players to focus on the game,” he said. 

“We don’t want to put the players under pressure but in football there’s always pressure. It doesn’t matter whether you are on top, middle or bottom.

“At the top, there’s pressure because everyone wants to win the league, we are also at bottom and we want to get out of that position. There will be pressure to get out of that situation. Players must just focus and go and do well against Celtic.”

Veteran striker Henrico Botes is available again after suspension, while Tshepo Rikhotso is an injury doubt for the hosts.

Kick off is at 15:30.

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