Ea Lla Koto braced for battle of Stars

Ea Lla Koto braced for battle of Stars

Japhta-v-Platinum-StarsFree State Stars will be looking to return to winning ways when they welcome Platinum Stars to Goble Park for an Absa Premiership clash on Saturday.

The 1-0 defeat at Golden Arrows last time out, the second on the trot for Stars, left Giovanni Solinas’ men four points off the pace in the race for a top-eight finish.

With nine points still to play for Ea Lla Koto know that they cannot afford any more slip-ups if they hope to revive their flagging top-half fortunes.

Meanwhile, Platinum Stars will be out to consolidate third place and with it a place in the CAF Confederation Cup next season.

They go into the clash on the back of an excellent 2-1 victory over Orlando Pirates. However, even if they win their remaining three matches they can’t finish higher than third place, but would take considerable satisfaction from finishing above deposed champions Kaizer Chiefs.

So, there is no shortage of incentive for the visitors and that makes them dangerous opponents.

As far as head-to-head encounters go, there is very little to choose between the two sides.  From the 21 meetings between them since the 2005/06 season, Ea Lla Koto and Dikwena emerged victorious six and seven times respectively.

Stars have no fresh injury concerns, with midfielder Nhlanhla Vilakazi the only injury doubt after picking up a minor knock in training.

Article:Madoda Ntuli

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