Bloemfontein Celtic vs Bidvest Wits - Closely fought battle expected between two troubled sides

Little to separate Phunya Sele Sele and Clever Boys
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Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt finds himself in a tricky position as the Absa Premiership season nears its close. (Getty Images)

Bloemfontein Celtic vs Bidvest Wits Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Bloemfontein Celtic and Bidvest Wits will be looking to save their Absa Premiership seasons at the Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium on Friday. Both were among the early frontrunners but fortunes have changed. Neither team has won in four league fixtures and this trend is expected to continue with value in a draw at 2.70.

Bloemfontein Celtic FC Form & Team News


Bloemfontein Celtic drew their last match 1-1 away to Orlando Pirates. Mbhazima Rikhotso put Phunya Sele Sele ahead in the 38th minute before Luvuyo Memela equalised late on.

That was Celtic’s second successive draw against an Absa Premiership title contender after a 0-0 stalemate against Mamelodi Sundowns. They lost centre-back Wandisile Letlabika to concussion in the first half against Masandawana and this makes the Sundowns and Pirates draws all the more impressive.

Celtic have done well to remain inside the top eight despite off-field woes. There have been player strikes over unpaid wages and coach Steve Komphela resigned midway through the season. Lehlohonolo Seema and John Maduka have had mixed fortunes since replacing him.

A home win at the Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium can be backed at 3.35. Bidvest Wits are a difficult team to beat but haven’t been on top form lately.

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Bloemfontein Celtic defender Wandisile Letlabika suffered a concussion against Mamelodi Sundowns and is unlikely to play against Bidvest Wits. (Getty Images)

Bidvest Wits FC Form & Team News


Bidvest Wits lost their last match 2-0 away to AmaZulu, continuing a slump which has come at the worst possible stage. Gavin Hunt’s men are fighting to keep their title hopes alive.

Wits have picked up an impressive 21 points from 11 away matches altogether in 2018/19. Their recent form has not been nearly as good with five points from seven fixtures home and away.

A win for the Clever Boys on Friday can be backed at 2.40 if you want to bank on Wits rediscovering their early season promise.

Bloemfontein Celtic vs Bidvest Wits Head-to-Head


Bloemfontein Celtic pulled off a 2-1 away win in the reverse fixture in November. Haashim Domingo opened the scoring but Tshegofatso Mabasa struck twice late on. Celtic have since seen coach Steve Komphela and key defender Lorenzo Gordinho depart. 

The last four fixtures have resulted in two Wits victories and two Celtic wins. The Students most notably beat Phunya Sele Sele 1-0 in last season’s Telkom Knockout final.

Bloemfontein Celtic vs Bidvest Wits Match Up


Wandisile Letlabika is unlikely to play for Bloemfontein Celtic and the Clever Boys will be looking to exploit this. Wits captain Thulani Hlatshwayo will be serving a suspension at the other end. 

Celtic’s Tshegofatso Mabasa and Wits’ Gift Motupa have each scored eight goals - the joint second most in the Absa Premiership along with Mothobi Mvala.

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Bidvest Wits will be without the services of suspended skipper Thulani Hlatshwayo at the Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium on Friday. (Getty Images)

Bloemfontein Celtic vs Bidvest Wits Key Statistics


  • Bloemfontein Celtic have drawn their last 2 matches (South African PSL).
  • Bloemfontein Celtic have failed to win in their last 4 matches (South African PSL).
  • Bidvest Wits have have failed to win in their last 4 matches (South African PSL).

Verdict


Bloemfontein Celtic and Bidvest Wits are evenly matched on paper after dreadful runs of form. Both teams have lost their winning edge and I am tipping a draw at 2.70. There is value in a 2-2 correct score prediction at 13.75.

Best Bet: Draw @ 2.70 at bet365 - 5 Units
Correct Score Tip: 2-2 Draw @ 13.75 at bet365 - 1 Unit
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Leonard Solms 12 March 2019

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