In-form Chiefs host struggling Celtic

Kaizer Chiefs will square off with Bloemfontein Celtic in an Absa Premiership match at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 8:15pm.

Amakhosi extended their unbeaten run to eight matches in the league when they beat Cape Town City 1-0 at home last weekend.

The win took Amakhosi to second place on the league standings with 34 points from 21 matches. They are five points behind log leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns.

Meanwhile, Celtic extended their winless run to five games in the league when they lost 4-2 to SuperSport United in Pretoria three weeks ago.

The two teams met again the following week in the Nedbank Cup Last 32 and Celtic beat SuperSport 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Bloemfontein.

Phunya Sele Sele are placed 12th on the league standings with 25 points from 20 matches. They are only two points behind seventh-placed Chippa United.

Previous starting line-ups:

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Cardoso, Hadebe, Mphahlele, Zulu, Molangoane, Katsande, Meyiwa, Ntshangase, Moon, Castro.

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Maruping, Rikhotso, Motshegwa, Lubisi, Mabena, Gordinho, Baloyi, Hotto, Masuku, Letsoalo.



Season Result Scorers

2012/13 Celtic 0-3 Chiefs Nkhatha, Tshabalala, Dladla

2013/14 Celtic 0-0 Chiefs

2013/14 Chiefs 3-0 Celtic Parker, Musona, Buchanan (og)

2014/15 Chiefs 1-0 Celtic Masango

2014/15 Celtic 0-0 Chiefs

2015/16 Celtic 0-1 Chiefs Katsande (pen)

2015/16 Chiefs 0-0 Celtic

2016/17 Chiefs 0-0 Celtic

2016/17 Celtic 0-2 Chiefs Maluleka, Paez

2017/18 Celtic 1-1 Chiefs Nyondo (pen); Mathoho

LEAGUE RECORD (since 1985)

Home P W D L GF GA

Chiefs 30 23 5 2 52 10

Celtic 30 8 12 10 26 28

Away P W D L GF GA

Chiefs 30 10 12 8 28 26

Celtic 30 2 5 23 10 52

Total P W D L GF GA

Chiefs 60 33 17 10 80 36

Celtic 60 10 17 33 36 80

What are the teams saying?

Kaizer Chiefs defender Teenage Hadebe

"We have a lot of respect for Celtic. However, any team that comes to the FNB Stadium should be scared of us. We need the three points," he said.

“It’s too early to talk about that (the possibility of winning the league title). There are still nine league matches left. We must take it one game at a time and keep focused.”

Bloemfontein Celtic midfielder Lantshene Phalane

"It is going to be a difficult match between two good teams. We are in the second round of the season and all the teams are looking for points," he said.

"We know that Chiefs have a good home record, but anything is possible in football. We will fight for a win in FNB Stadium. We are going there to attack. We need the three points."

Kaizer Chiefs key players

Itumeleng Khune: The accomplished goalkeeper is in top form at the moment, having kept 11 clean sheets in 19 league games this season. The South Africa international will be keen to make it 12 clean sheets in 20 matches against Celtic.

Ryan Moon: The 21-year-old striker is enjoying his breakthrough season, having scored in each of his last three matches in all competitions. The forward will be looking to continue his scoring form against Celtic and help Amakhosi record their second consecutive win.

Bloemfontein Celtic key players

Patrick Tignyemb: The former Cameroon under-23 international played an important role in helping Celtic beat SuperSport United on penalties recently. The Celtic captain will be eager to lead his side to victory against Chiefs.

Ndumiso Mabena: The 30-year-old striker has been in good form for Phunya Sele Sele, having scored three goals in his last three matches in all competitions. The former Orlando Pirates marksman will be hoping to inspire his side to victory in Johannesburg.