Wits aim for third successive win

Bidvest Wits will be looking for their third win in a row when they host Bloemfontein Celtic at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday evening in an Absa Premiership encounter, kick-off at 20h15.

Wits recorded a second successive win when they beat Maritzburg United 3-1 away on Monday.

The Johannesburg team is unbeaten at home so far this season, with three draws and three wins from six matches.

The Clever Boys are placed third on the Absa Premiership log with 22 points from 12 matches.

Wits captain Sibusiso Vilakazi hopes that they can finish the year on a high note and get their third win in a row.

“The guys have been working hard in these last few days and that is showing in our results column,” said the 24-year old Bafana Bafana playmaker.

“We are still trying out new combinations yet still reaching our targets because of our commitment.

“They will want to bounce back against us and I am sure they are at least aiming for a point, but we are determined to deny them anything out of here.

“We are expecting a very difficult game and our aim is to finish the year on a high.”

Celtic saw their eight-match unbeaten run come to an end when they went down 2-1 away to Ajax Cape Town in midweek. The Bloemfontein side has claimed nine points from their seven matches on the road this season.

Phunya Sele Sele are placed 10th on the Absa Premiership log with 16 points from 13 matches.

Celtic coach Ernst Middendorp has lambasted the gap in the fixture list, something he feels was largely responsible for his side losing their eight match unbeaten record, but insists that they will not repeat their mistakes in Johannesburg this weekend.

“Everybody has a problem and I understand, but I would have loved to have continued playing after our win against Orlando Pirates rather than have 20 days out,” said the former Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United coach.

“During the Ajax game I was already thinking about the Wits game and which two players to use upfront for that game.

“We have players in this team that have a lot of potential and hopefully on Saturday they can make it happen for us.

“We have a very clear direction on how we want to handle our games at home and away.

“We have another away game this weekend and now it is about just keeping our structure right.

“It is only three and a half days’ time between our last match and the next one so I am already thinking about which fresh players can jump in."

Wits have a strong home record against Celtic, with 13 wins and just four defeats from 24 matches.

Last season each side won their home match: 2-0 for the Clever Boys in Johannesburg, and 3-0 for Phunya Sele Sele in Bloemfontein.