Bloemfontein Celtic welcome champions Mamelodi Sundowns

Bloemfontein Celtic will welcome Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns for their first match of the year at Dr Molemela Stadium on 8 February 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Celtic claimed just their third league win of the season when they defeated Orlando Pirates 2-1 away on December 20.

The Bloemfontein side has claimed five points from seven home matches this season. Phunya Sele Sele are placed 12th on the Absa Premiership log with 15 points from 14 matches.

Sundowns claimed a sixth league win from their last seven matches when they defeated Baroka FC 1-0 away on December 22.

The Tshwane side has claimed seven points from four away matches this season. The Brazilians are placed seventh on the Absa Premiership log with 19 points from nine matches.

In head-to-head stats, Celtic and Sundowns have met in 56 league matches since 1985. The Brazilians have 28 wins compared to 13 for Phunya Sele Sele, while 15 matches have been drawn.

Celtic have won seven of their 28 home league matches against Sundowns, suffering 13 defeats in the process.

Last season the Brazilians won 1-0 in Bloemfontein, but Phunya Sele Sele claimed revenge with a 3-1 triumph in the return game in Polokwane. Celtic last beat Sundowns in a home league match in the 2005/06 season.


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