Arrows to square off with Wits

Lamontville Golden Arrows will square off with Bidvest Wits in an Absa Premiership match at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 3:30pm.

Abafana Bes'thende are wounded after losing 3-0 to Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup Last 32 match which was played at the FNB Stadium last weekend.

Before facing Amakhosi, Arrows lost 2-1 to their KwaZulu-Natal rivals AmaZulu in a league game which was played at the King Zwelithini Stadium almost two weeks ago.

Abafana Bes'thende are placed 12th on the league standings with 23 points from 20 games. They are two points above the relegation play-off spot.

Meanwhile, Wits secured a 2-0 home victory against Pamplemousses of Mauritius in the 2018 CAF Champions League preliminary round first-leg match last weekend.

The Clever Boys drew 1-1 with Kaizer Chiefs in their last league game which was played at the Bidvest Stadium almost two weeks ago.

As a result, Wits are placed 14th on the league standings with 22 points from 20 games. The defending league champions are only a point above the relegation play-off spot.

Previous starting line-ups

Golden Arrows: Mbaeva, Mzava, Mngwenge, Buthelezi, Nonyane, Zuke, Conco, Shongwe, Mahachi, Ndwandwe, Mutizwa.

Bidvest Wits: Peters, Ritchie, Frosler, Mkhwanazi, Gordinho, Pule, Ntshangase, Scott, Monare, Kodisang, Rodgers.



Season Result Scorers

2011/12 Arrows 1-1 Wits Mlotshwa; Tshabangu

2012/13 Wits 1-0 Arrows Pattison

2012/13 Arrows 1-2 Wits Sib. Vilakazi, Faty; Nguzana

2013/14 Wits 1-0 Arrows Ngalende

2013/14 Arrows 0-1 Wits Ngcobo

2015/16 Wits 3-2 Arrows Mahlambi, Klate 2; Hotto, Khenyeza

2015/16 Arrows 0-1 Wits Hlanti

2016/17 Arrows 0-0 Wits

2016/17 Wits 3-0 Arrows Mhango (pen); Ngele 2

2017/18 Wits 1-3 Arrows Gamal; Lamola, Nkombelo, Sibiya

LEAGUE RECORD (since 2001/02)

Home P W D L GF GA

Arrows 14 3 4 7 17 21

Wits 15 10 3 2 25 16

Away P W D L GF GA

Arrows 15 2 3 10 16 25

Wits 14 7 4 3 21 17

Total P W D L GF GA

Arrows 29 5 7 17 33 46

Wits 29 17 7 5 46 33

What are the teams saying

Golden Arrows head coach Clinton Larsen:

“We are focusing on the [remaining] 10 league games and get the necessary points to move us up on the table. We do believe that we've got what it takes to get out of the situation we are in," he said.

“We are one win away from being back in the top eight on the league standings. We need to stay in touch with the teams which are competing for the top eight. We need to fight for that victory."

Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Darren Keet:

"Look Arrows started the season very well despite their current poor form having lost their last two matches. On the other hand, we did not start well, but we are looking to improve," he said.

"We have to go out there and do our best in order to get a victory in Durban. We need the points. It won't be easy because of the weather conditions, but we need to get a positive result away."

Golden Arrows key players

Jabulani Shongwe: The left-footed midfielder is now a key player for Arrows having cemented his place in the team's starting line-up. The former Mamelodi Sundowns player will be eager to inspire Abafana Bes'thende to victory against the defending league champions.

Knox Mutizwa: The Zimbabwe international has regained his scoring form having scored in each of his last two league games. The striker will be looking to continue his form against Wits and help Arrows secure a home victory which would see his side move further away from the relegation zone.

Bidvest Wits key players

Kobamelo Kodisang: The attacking midfielder is one of the most promising youngsters in the Premier Soccer League (PSL). The 18-year-old, who netted against Pamplemousses last weekend, will be keen to score again and help Wits return to winning ways in the league.

Frank Mhango: The Malawi international recently scored his first league goal of the season as Wits thumped SuperSport United 4-1. The forward will be hoping to play an important role in helping the Clever Boys secure an away win.