Preview: The Birds vs Dikwena


Kick-off is at 8pm.

Swallows come into the match having played to a 2-2 draw away to Bloemfontein Celtic in midweek. They are unbeaten in their last three League games.

The Soweto side are unbeaten at home so far this season, having claimed seven points from a possible nine.

Their next three League opponents are Golden Arrows (away), Orlando Pirates (home) and Ajax Cape Town (away).

The Birds are placed third on the Premiership log with 12 points from seven matches.

Stars also drew 2-2 in midweek, though they were at home to newly promoted Mpumalanga Black Aces and twice gave away a lead.

The Rustenburg side is yet to win on the road this season, having claimed just points from a possible nine in three away matches.

Their next three league opponents are SuperSport United (home), Maritzburg United (away) and Bloemfontein Celtic (home).

Dikwena are placed sixth on the Premiership log with 10 points from seven matches.

In head-to-head stats, Swallows and Stars have met in 20 League matches since 2003/04.

The Birds have claimed 12 wins compared to five for Dikwena. Just three matches have been drawn.

Swallows boast an unbeaten home record against Stars, with eight wins and two draws from 10 matches.

Last season each side managed to win their home match: 3-1 for Dikwena in Rustenburg and 2-0 for the Birds in Soweto.

Swallows’ line-up from their 2-2 draw with Celtic: Etafia, Isaacs, da Costa, Mungomeni, Mokgothu, Obada (Ogle 62), Nergadze, Cohen, Chabangu, Nomvethe, Manqele

Stars’ line-up from their 2-2 draw with Aces: Mpontshane, Mere, Gumede, Mhlongo, Ngwepe, Nyanda, Sarr, Ng'ambi, Tshabalala (Mbatha 58), Ngele (Botes 63), S Mthembu


Last 10 League meetings

Season Result Scorers


2008/09 Swallows 0-0 Stars

2008/09 Stars 2-1 SwallowsRenteria, Grobler; Haschick

2009/10 Stars 0-1 SwallowsHaschick

2009/10 Swallows 1-0 StarsNomvethe

2010/11 Stars 2-0 SwallowsGrobler 2

2010/11 Swallows 1-0 StarsRitson

2011/12 Stars 0-0 Swallows

2011/12 Swallows 2-1 StarsNomvethe 2 (1 pen); Botes (pen)

2012/13 Stars 3-1 SwallowsNg’ambi, S. Mthembu, Mhlongo; Chabangu

2012/13 Swallows 2-0 StarsChenene, Mashego