Polokwane City vs Bloemfontein Celtic - Rise and Shine to wreak havoc at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium

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Polokwane City vs Bloemfontein Celtic Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Embattled Bloemfontein Celtic visit Polokwane City at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium with their season in freefall. 2018/19 has been a magnificent South African PSL campaign for Wednesday’s hosts and Jozef Vukusic’s men are tipped for a third straight home win at 2.05.

Polokwane City FC Form & Team News


Rise and Shine are eight matches unbeaten and picked up a credible 0-0 draw away to title contenders SuperSport United in their last match. Jozef Vukusic’s team have won two home matches in a row, beating Golden Arrows 2-0 and Black Leopards 3-1.

Mohammed Anas scored in both victories and has netted five times in his last six appearances. The Ghanaian striker has stepped up to fill the void left by Rodney Ramagalela’s sidelining.

Polokwane City are paying 2.05 for the win on Wednesday. There is great value in this price against a team in tatters.

Bloemfontein Celtic FC Form & Team News

 
Bloemfontein Celtic have reached breaking point after holding firm through off-field turmoil throughout much of the season. Financial troubles have led to player strikes and departures, supporter boycotts and the resignation of respected coach Steve Komphela.

Lehlohonolo Seema and John Maduka steadied the ship for a while. The departures of key defenders Lorenzo Gordinho and Alfred Ndengane and an injury to Wandisile Letlabika have however all but sunk Phunya Sele Sele.

Bloem Celtic suffered their third successive defeat away to PSL bottom club Maritzburg United, going down 2-1. Their home league match against Cape Town City was then called off due to fan violence.

The visitors can be backed to win on Wednesday at 4.05 if you think they can bounce back. A draw is paying 2.85 and would be a good result for Celtic with all circumstances considered.

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Patrick Tignyemb's goal has been bombarded more frequently than it was before the departures of Lorenzo Gordinho and Alfred Ndengane from Bloemfontein Celtic. (Getty Images)

Polokwane City vs Bloemfontein Celtic Head to Head


Bloemfontein Celtic are 5-4 with three draws in 12 matches against Polokwane City excluding penalty shootouts. Rise and Shine have however won the last two meetings between these teams.

Their most recent encounter was December’s league match at the Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium. Polokwane City clinched a 2-1 away victory thanks to goals from Salulani Phiri and Monde Mphambaniso despite Kabelo Dlamini netting for Bloem Celtic.

Polokwane City vs Bloemfontein Celtic Match Up


Mohammed Anas is Bloemfontein Celtic’s top goalscorer with eight in all competitions in 2018/19. It is also worth noting the contribution of playmaker Jabulani Maluleke who has bagged eight league assists. 

Bloem Celtic’s top scorer is Tshegofatso Mabasa but he did not start against Maritzburg United or Cape Town City.

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Wandisile Letlabika's injury absence has had a significant negative impact on Bloemfontein Celtic. (Getty Images)

Polokwane City vs Bloemfontein Celtic Key Statistics


  • Polokwane City have won their last 2 home matches (South African PSL).
  • Polokwane City’s Mohammed Anas has scored 5 goals in his last 6 appearances (South African PSL).
  • Bloemfontein Celtic have lost their last 3 matches (all competitions).
  • Bloemfontein Celtic have lost their last 2 matches against Polokwane City (South African PSL).

Verdict


Jozef Vukusic’s men are in great form while Bloemfontein Celtic have lost three matches on the trot and are in turmoil. Home ground advantage is another reason to tip a Polokwane City win at 2.05.

Best Bet: Polokwane City Win @ 2.05 at bet365 - 6 Units
Correct Score Tip: Polokwane City Win 3-1 @ 20.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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