Baroka visit the Mother City to take on
Stellenbosch FC in a relegation six-pointer on Friday. Both teams put some
daylight between themselves and the drop zone over the weekend, but neither is
home and dry.
Stellies sit 11th on the table and Baroka
12th. They were both in deep trouble last week, but now they each stand one
victory away from joining the race for MTN8 qualifications.
Steve Barker’s side beat Highlands Park 4-1 in
their last game thanks to an Iqraam Rayners brace and goals from Alan Robertson
and Nyiko Mobbie.
“It was our third game of the week and we had
two disappointing results at home, so we had to go there and show our character
and personality,” Barker told Stevlin Malgas.
“It was important for us. We all want to win
football games, but this was a need-to-win for us. The players showed great
character and personality as I asked from them.”
Dylan Kerr watched on from the stands as a
heroic performance from goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze earned Baroka victory over
local rivals Polokwane City.
“First of all, I want to thank my team-mates.
We’ve been having a difficult time as you all know,” Chipezeze told SuperSport.
“We knew that if we lost this one… it was
going to be difficult [to survive the drop]. Second round, it’s all about
grinding the results.”
time and prediction
Kick-off time: 17 January, 20:00
Prediction: Both teams will head into this one
fired up by recent successes. A 1-1 draw is a likely result between two
Crunching the numbers: Stellenbosch have battled
in their first season in South Africa’s top flight. They have the better
expected chance of winning – 53% vs Baroka’s 29% – but they win just one
percent of their games with these odds.
Stellenbosch vs Baroka: Live scores and result