City a tough nut for Celtic

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Kick off is at 15h30.

Celtic are currently bottom of the Absa Premiership log having lost both of their opening games.

Phunya Sele Sele kicked-off their league season with a 1-0 loss at home to Mamelodi Sundowns on August 31 and followed that up with a 2-1 away loss to Thanda Royal Zulu on September 14.

PSL returnees, Maritzburg United, under coach Gordon Igesund, in contrast to their opponents, have collected four points from their first two games.

The Team of Choice started off by holding last season’s runners-up Ajax Cape Town to a 1-1 draw away from home on August 27, before shocking Kaizer Chiefs 3-2 at home on September 14.

On that form, Mich D’Avray’s squad will have an uphill battle to appease Phunya Sele Sele’s loyal fans.

United defender Gary Goldstone will miss this match against his former club after being banned for two games and fined R50 000 by the PSL Disciplinary Committee for elbowing Chiefs striker Tshepo Bulu.

It will be the fifth meeting (all league games) of the two sides. Celtic can take heart from the fact that they have yet to lose a game to Maritzburg United since 2005/06.

Celtic have won two of the four previous encounters, drawing twice and outscoring United six goals to two.

The teams last met in the second half of 2006/07 in Bloemfontein, playing to a 1-1 draw. Their first round league encounter that season ended goalless.

Celtic’s Moses Spandeel is the leading scorer in matches between the two sides, having scored a hat-trick against Maritzburg in the second half of the 2005/06 season.

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