03/16/2012 6:12 AM
Another fixture in Giyani will see Black Leopards take on Platinum Stars. Giyani has seen leopards collect some points from Supersport United to give them a breathing chance.
Lidoda Duvha will be looking to secure yet another victory when they play Platinum Stars. If they can get 3 points from this encounter they will be a step closer from moving away from the relegation zone as they will be at a tie with Golden Arrows at position 14.
One may say that Leopards may have turned the corner and are now on the road to recovery. Leopards scored their first league win since November last year when they defeated title hopefuls SuperSport United 1-0 at home in midweek thanks to a late goal from Mongezi Bobe. They will be looking to take advantage of a Stars team who have struggled away from home this season. Though Dikwena did win 1-0 at Bloemfontein Celtic in their last match on the road, they had lost eight of their nine away matches prior to that.
As far as head-to-head stats are concerned, Leopards and Stars have met in 11 league matches since 2003/04. Dikwena have four wins, Lidoda Duvha one, and no less than six matches have ended in draws.
Leopards will be seeking to improve on a home record against Stars which has seen them win just one of five matches – a 2-0 victory back in the 2007/08 season was their only success (home or away) against the Rustenburg-based side.
When the teams met earlier this season they played to an entertaining 2-2 draw in a home match for Stars. Solomon Mathe and former Leopards player Robert Ng’ambi were on target for the hosts, while Kingston Nkhatha scored a brace for Lidoda Duvha.
Nkhatha will be looking to repeat that performance while the team closes up at the back for a clean sheet to insure victory. The game will take place at the Giyani Stadium on Sunday afternoon 18 March 2012, kick-off at 15h30.
Leopards line-up against United:
P Omony, E Dzaga, V Mabusela, H Khoza (B Sibeko 82’), N Xakane, S Mabunda, R Monama (K Tshepe 67’), M Bobe, L Mapolisa, R Ramagalela, T Mongalo (K Nkhatha 32’).