Golden Arrows will look to extend their unbeaten run in the Absa Premiership when they host Free State Stars at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday afternoon, kick-off at 15h00.
Arrows, who have claimed back-to-back 0-0 draws against title contenders Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns in their last two league outings, have gone four matches unbeaten in the Premiership and will be targeting another positive result as they look to move further clear of the relegation zone.
Abafana Bes’thende find themselves in 12th place on the table, six points clear of the danger zone. It seems a comfortable gap, but with the bottom teams desperately trying to pick up whatever points they can claim from now until the end of the season, coach Mushin Ertugral knows that his team is not safe just yet.
And this match against Stars presents a tough test for Arrows. The Free State side are placed an impressive fourth on the log, just five points off the top of the table, and in midweek they racked up a third win from their last four league matches with a 2-1 defeat of regional rivals Bloemfontein Celtic. In short, Ea Lla Koto will be mightily difficult to beat.
As far as head-to-head stats are concerned, Arrows have struggled somewhat against Stars down the years: in 15 league games between the teams since 2000/01, the Durban side has picked up just two victories. They beat Ea Lla Koto 2-0 at home last season, their first win over the Free State side since the 2000/01 season when Arrows first played in the PSL.
Abafana Bes’thende will be targeting a bit of revenge against their Free State counterparts, having been beaten 3-1 at Goble Park in the teams’ first meeting this season, where goals from Kennedy Mweene, Mzikayise Mashaba and Katlego Mashego saw Stars to victory. Siyabonga Nkosi scored Arrows’ consolation goal.