Cosmos looking for all three points

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Kick off is at 15h00.

Ezenkosi have failed to win any of their last 14 PSL matches but at least they have gone unbeaten in their last six, picking up some valuable points on the way to a position where they are within striking distance of the safety of 14th place.

And, should Bloemfontein Celtic do Jomo Sono’s side a favour by beating Thanda Royal Zulu, then Cosmos could move out of immediate danger if they beat Arrows.

That, however, will not be a straightforward task for the hosts. Abafana Bes'thende are well placed in the Premiership and seem to have returned to their best form with consecutive wins over Thanda and Celtic in recent weeks.

Now facing a third struggler in a row, Manqoba Mngqithi's team will be keen for a spot of revenge: Cosmos beat Arrows 1-0 in the first round of the cup last month thanks to a goal from Nkosinathi Nhleko, and you can be sure the KwaZulu-Natal team will be aiming to keep Ezenkosi firmly entrenched in the danger zone as a measure of payback.

And head-to-head statistics certainly point to a favourable outcome for Arrows: they have won eight of the teams' 15 league meetings since 2000/01 and have not tasted defeat against Cosmos in league matches since the first half of the 2003/04 season.

LAST FIVE RESULTS:

Cosmos: Date H/A Opponent Result 11/04/08 A Santos D 1-1 05/04/08 A Orlando Pirates D 0-0 23/03/08 H Moroka Swallows D 0-0 09/03/08 A AmaZulu D 0-0 05/03/08 H Free State Stars D 0-0

Arrows: 12/04/08 H Thanda Royal Zulu W 3-1 05/04/08 H Bloemfontein Celtic W 3-0 22/03/08 H BidVest Wits D 2-2 08/03/08 A Santos L 1-3 05/03/08 H Mamelodi Sundowns L 1-2

HEAD TO HEAD STATS: League meetings since 2000/01:

2000/01 Jomo Cosmos 1 (Mokoena) Golden Arrows 1 (Mthembu (pen)) Golden Arrows 0 Jomo Cosmos 0

2001/02 Arrows 1 (Lakay) Cosmos 1 (Ntsume) Cosmos 1 (Nuro) Arrows 0

2002/03 Arrows 1 (Langa) Cosmos 1 (Tico-Tico) Cosmos 0 Arrows 1 (Dlamini)

2003/04 Cosmos 1 (Tico-Tico) Arrows 0 Arrows 1 (Gulwa) Cosmos 0

2004/05 Arrows 1 (Zothwane (pen)) Cosmos 0 Cosmos 0 Arrows 2 (R.Henyekane, Khenyeza)

2005/06 Cosmos 1 (Bilankulu (og)) Arrows 1 (Khanyeza (pen)) Arrows 1 (Mshengu) Cosmos 0

2006/07 Cosmos 1 (Katongo (pen)) Arrows 2 (Vilakazi 2) Arrows 2 (R.Henyekane, P.Zothwane) Cosmos 0

2007/08 Arrows 2 (V Vilakazi, Dikcagoi) Cosmos 0

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