Preview: Platinum Stars v MP Black Aces


Stars, who beat Mamelodi Sundowns in the Telkom Knockout at the weekend, suffered a 2-1 loss away to champions Kaizer Chiefs in their last league outing – their first defeat of the season.

The Rustenburg side has recorded seven points from a possible nine at home so far this season.

Dikwena are placed sixth on the standings with nine points from six matches.

Aces have gone four matches without a win in the League and drew 1-1 at home to Bloemfontein Celtic in their last outing.

The Mpumalanga side’s only win so far this season came away from home, but they have also lost twice on the road.

AmaZayoni are placed 12th on the table with five points from six matches.

In head-to-head stats, Stars and Aces have met in just four previous league matches.

From those four encounters across the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons, Dikwena have two wins compared to one for AmaZayoni.

Stars have recorded one win and one loss from their two previous home matches against Aces.

The team from Rustenburg did a league ‘double’ over AmaZayoni in 2010/11, winning 3-2 away and 3-1 at home.

Stars’ line-up from their 2-1 loss to Chiefs: Mpontshane, Mere, Gumede, Mhlongo, Mpeta, Tshabalala, Sarr, Ng’ambi (Malokase 82’), Nyanda (Chinyama 77’), Ngele (Msomi 77’), S. Mthembu.

Aces’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Celtic: Nhlapo, Mabaso (Kobola 49’), Ferreira, Mwanjale, Hendericks, Zwane, Ngobeni (Tukane 65’), Ngalo, Qalinge, Khenyeza, Nale (Mtsweni 77’).
Previous meetings    

All league meetings

Season    Result                Scorers

2009/10    Aces 1-1 Stars        Themba (pen); Meiring
2009/10    Stars 0-1 Aces        Maleka
2010/11    Aces 2-3 Stars        Maleka 2; Phala, Msomi, Coetzee
2010/11    Stars 3-1 Aces        Grobler 3 (1 pen); Mathebula