In form Platinum Stars host Aces

After their Telkom Knockout quarterfinal win this past weekend, MTN8 champions Platinum Stars will turn their attention back to the Absa Premiership when they host Mpumalanga Black Aces at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Tuesday evening, kick-off 19h30.

Stars have been in terrific form since the season commenced. The Rustenburg based outfit have already won the season’s first silverware on offer when they were crowned MTN8 champions and now they have transformed that form into the Telkom Knockout where they are currently semifinalists.

It hasn’t been all plain sailing for Allan Freese’s men though. They suffered a 2-1 loss away to champions Kaizer Chiefs in their last league outing – their first and only defeat of the season thus far.

The Rustenburg side has recorded seven points from a possible nine at home so far this season and are placed sixth on the Absa Premiership log with nine points from six matches.

Defender Tshepo Gumede says that they will approach all their matches with an aim of paying positive football and have already sussed out Aces’ weak points heading into this encounter.

“We have seen enough of Aces to know how they play and how they might approach this game on Tuesday,” said Gumede.

“We haven’t been on a cup honeymoon after our recent cup success, we know how equally important it is to do well in the league.

“Last season we finished second on the log and we want to equal that if not better it this season.”

Aces head into this encounter with Stars placed 12th on the Absa Premiership log, with five points from six matches. Clive Barker’s men have gone four matches without a win in the league and drew 1-1 at home to Bloemfontein Celtic in their last outing.

AmaZayoni’s only win so far this season came away from home, but they have also lost twice on the road. Aces midfield general Ofentse Nato has warned his teammates ahead of this clash considering Dikwena’s recent record.

“We are playing against a team that has done very well of late,” said Nato.

“It is remarkable looking at what they have achieved and that means that we have to up our game when we face them.

“We have been working on a few tactical hiccups that have cost us games against Orlando Pirates and Celtic because we have been losing games in the final stages of the match.

“Perhaps it is fitness or concentration issues or a combination of both but we have worked hard on this.”

These two teams have met in just four previous league matches. From those four encounters across the 2009/10 and 2010/11 season, Dikwena have two wins compared to one for AmaZayoni.