Arrows eye top eight spot in Baroka clash

Golden Arrows will be hoping to bag the full three points against Baroka FC to book their spot in the top eight in the Absa Premiership on Saturday afternoon at Princess Magogo Stadium. Kick-off is at 3:00pm.

Abafana Bes'thende are aware that booking a spot in the MTN8 Cup is their priority after having a good season.

Fresh from a hard fought 1-1 draw against Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium last Saturday, Arrows are motivated to secure a win at home.

However, meeting a spirited Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele will not be an easy assignment as their visitors drew against title challenging Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday.

Coach Clinton Larsen must sharpen his men and ensure they revive their hopes of a top eight spot as the season is drawing to a close.

Currently Arrows are at number 10 on the log with 32 points from 27 matches, which is the same as eighth placed Ajax Cape Town but with an inferior goal difference.

“It was a very valuable point gained in the bigger scheme of things against Chiefs. We were well organised in that game and had three big chances to take a lead into the break,” said Larsen.

“We conceded another soft goal from a long pass behind our defence, but credit must go to the players for never giving up and our persistent pressures late on was rewarded when (Knox) Mutizwa earned us a valuable point.

“Next up is Baroka in a match we simply have to win if we want any chance of a top eight finish.

"In order to win we have to take our chances. We can't afford to miss them as we did against Chiefs.”

Looking at the visitors, the Limpopo side is also facing a tough battle as they are skating on thin ice when it comes to their top flight status.

In their previous three matches, the Milton Dlamini-coached team has been struggling to bag a win after getting three points out of a possible nine.

However, their draw against Pitso Mosimane's charges in midweek has given them a huge boost ahead of this game on Saturday.

Placed at the 15th spot with 24 points puts more pressure on the team to go all out for a win and ease their relegation concerns.

The PSL newcomers were held to a 1-1 stalemate in the first round at Peter Mokaba Stadium and will now want to claim the maximum spoils.

“The point against Sundowns was important for our survival. We didn't want to lose that game,” said co-coach Kgoloko Thobejane.

“Now we equal with Chippa United (who are in 14th place on the table, but with a superior goal difference). The pressure is also on them as they have been there for a long time. It means to us we are going up, we not going down.

“Surely we will stay in the PSL with these three games remaining.

“Sometimes when players play big teams they go all out, but when they play so called small teams they are not there and they can't pitch.

“There is this thing of complacency. It's our duty as coaches to motivate and encourage them and say, 'guys this our bread and butter'.

"We have to win against Arrows to make sure we save our Absa Premiership lives.”