Chippa United welcome Polokwane City

Chippa United will welcome Polokwane City in an Absa Premiership match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 3:30pm.

The Chilli Boys saw their 10-match unbeaten run in the league come to an end when they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Ajax Cape Town in their previous match in Johannesburg last weekend.

As a result, United are placed fifth on the league standings with 19 points from 14 matches. They are a point behind second-placed Orlando Pirates.

Meanwhile, City extended their winless run to five matches in the league when they drew 1-1 with Bidvest Wits in their previous game which was played in Polokwane last weekend.

Rise and Shine are placed 14th on the league standings with 12 points from 13 matches. They are only a point above the relegation zone.

Possible starting line-ups

Chippa United: Mhlongo, Mvelase, Mako, Konqobe, Okwuosa, Maphanga, Mabaso, Mdlindzo, Lentjies, Mayambela, Sekola.

Polokwane City: Chigova, Semenya, Hlongwane, Tshilo, Maponyane, Seabi, Tlolane, Maluleke J, Ramagalela, Ndou, Maluleke W.



Season Result Scorers

2014/15 Polokwane 3-1 Chippa Molala, Ndou, Dogere; Akpabio

2014/15 Chippa 1-1 Polokwane Cele; Maluleke

2015/16 Chippa 2-1 Polokwane L. Manzini, Bance; Mncwango

2015/16 Polokwane 1-0 Chippa Mncwango

2016/17 Polokwane 1-0 Chippa Maluleke

2016/17 Chippa 0-0 Polokwane

LEAGUE RECORD (since 2014/15)

Home P W D L GF GA

Chippa 3 1 2 0 3 2

Polokwane 3 3 0 0 5 1

Away P W D L GF GA

Chippa 3 0 0 3 1 5

Polokwane 3 0 2 1 2 3

Total P W D L GF GA

Chippa 6 1 2 3 4 7

Polokwane 6 3 2 1 7 4

What the teams are saying

Chippa United defender-cum-midfielder Abel Mabaso

“I respect (Jabulani) Maluleke as a fellow professional footballer," he said.

"But we will not be giving him any attention when we play against them.

“We will be playing our own strategy and sticking to the game plan. We will focus on what we have to do on match day.”

Polokwane City left-back Ndivhuwo Ravhuhali

"It is an important game for us as Chippa United is playing beautiful football," he said.

"We must just prepare well for them.

“We should make sure we get three points away from home."

Chippa United key players

Ayabulela Konqobe: The young central defender has flourished in the United defence this season. The former South Africa Under-captain will be keen to to ensure that the Chilli Boys record their third clean sheet in their last five league games.

Moeketsi Sekola: The 28-year-old frontman, who has netted twice in the league this season, is a key player in the United attack.The 2014/15 Absa Premiership Golden Boot winner will be looking to add to his tally and help the Chilli Boys beat City.

Polokwane City key players

Ndivhuwo Ravhuhali: The former Baroka FC left-back is oozing with confidence after collecting the league's Goal of the Month for October. The 25-year-old will eager to continue his good form against United and ensure that Rise, and Shine return to winning ways.

Rodney Ramagalela: The hard-running marksman has been the best striker in the league thus far this season having netted seven goals in the competition. The former Mamelodi Sundowns striker will be hoping to inspire Rise and Shine to victory in Port Elizabeth.