Swallows hoping to add more woes to Stars

Moroka Swallows will be looking to add more woes to a terribly off form Free State Stars side when they meet at Goble Park on Saturday afternoon in an Absa Premiership clash, kick-off at 15h30.

Stars alongside Maritzburg United have been the most off form side in the Absa Premiership in the last month.

Their loss to Mpumalanga Black Aces this past Monday was their third straight defeat. Ever since they parted ways with long time serving coach Steve Komphela they have failed to win a single match.

More so they have now found themselves flirting with danger. Stars are placed 14th on the Absa Premiership log with 12 points from their 13 matches.

The men from Bethlehem are just two points ahead of bottom two sides Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates.

Should Pirates and Arrows win their respective matches this weekend, Ea Lla Koto could find themselves at the foot of the table during the mid-season break.

Stars defender Daniel Cardoso hopes that they can turn the corner this weekend at home.

“Our camp is very down at the moment,” said Cardoso.

“We have to start winning matches soon because now we have found ourselves in a difficult position.

“We have to do everything in our power to climb out of the danger zone otherwise we will finish the year at the bottom of the standings.

“A win might just take us to eleventh position if everything goes our way and we are hoping for that.”

After two successive defeats at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits, Swallows rediscovered their form when they returned to winning ways this past midweek at home to Polokwane City.

The Birds are fourth on the Absa Premiership with 21 points from 13 matches. Their coach Zeca Marques is hoping to take advantage of Stars’ recent slump.

“Our result against Polokwane City was a good result under difficult circumstances,” said the Swallows mentor.

“Stars have lost three matches in a row and I am certain that no side wants to lose four games on the trot.

“We are hoping to take advantage of them, but we are aware that it could be dangerous to underestimate them.

“One of the biggest mistakes in football is to underestimate your opponents if they are not doing well.

“They are now a very dangerous side and would want to turn the tables on us.”

Last season both sides took three points off each other with Stars winning the first round fixture 1-0 at home then Swallows claimed a victory by a similar score line in Soweto.