Leopards v Baroka in Limpopo Derby

Black Leopards will face off with their Limpopo rivals Baroka FC in an Absa Premiership match at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Wednesday.

Kick-off is at 7:30 pm.

Lidoda Duvha extended their winless run to five league games when they lost 4-0 to SuperSport United away in their previous game over a week ago.

As a result, Leopards are placed 15th on the league standings with five points from six matches. They are three points behind eighth-placed Free State Stars.

Meanwhile, Baroka are winless in their last six league games after drawing 0-0 with Free State Stars at home in their previous match last week.

The draw left Bakgaga placed 12th on the league standings with six points from eight games. They are three points behind seventh-placed Mamelodi Sundowns.

Previous starting line-ups

Black Leopards: 22. K. Ndlovu, 5. Munyai , 13. Zulu, Masia, 21. Sibanda, 14. Nange, 25. Mokoena, 20. Nene, 31. T. Ndlovu, 12. Kapinga, 4. Khutlang.

Baroka FC: 1. Chipezeze, 2. Kgoetyane, 5. Makume, 24. Banda, 13. Mabeba, 14. Mosele, 8. Mdantsane, 12. Makgaka, 23. Kgaswane, 29. Makgantai, 9. Chivaviro.

Head-to-Head

N/A – This will be the first top-flight league match between Black Leopards and Baroka FC.

What are the teams saying

Black Leopards head coach Joel Masutha

"I believe in these boys and I believe we will regroup, rectify the mistakes and we will come back stronger," he said.

"You know I have played football and sometimes we played eight games without a win.

"But we ended up winning and being in a comfortable position so I am not panicking."

Baroka FC head coach Wedson Nyirenda

"We are getting better, in the past two games we have shown the character. Like I said the last time our problem is finishing,” he said.

“It happens in football where you come from a loss or two the players tend to be in a hurry to get the

goals.

"You can play good football, but if you do not score then things stand against you. We played good football, but good football must come with goals."

Black Leopards key players

Marks Munyai: The hard-working right-back is an inspirational captain for Lidoda Duvha. Munyai will be keen to lead his side to victory in the Limpopo Derby.

Joseph Mhlongo: The bulky attacker has hit the back of the net once this season. Mhlongo will be eager to add to his tally against Baroka and help his side return to winning ways.

Baroka key players

Elvis Chipezeze: The Zimbabwean goalkeeper kept his first clean sheet of the season against Free State Stars. Chipezeze will be looking to keep his second successive clean sheet.

Ranga Chivaviro: The hard-running forward remains Baroka's first-choice striker despite having netted once this season. Chivaviro will be hoping to inspire his side to victory in the Limpopo Derby