LIMPOPO DERBY: What to expect…

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The result of this afternoon’s Absa Premiership Limpopo derby between Baroka and Polokwane City at Peter Mokaba Stadium could give a strong hint on who becomes favourite for relegation candidate.

Baroka (16) are the only side who are yet to register a single victory in any of their 9 home matches and have scored just 9 goals, the least number of goals scored by any team in the League this season.

Polokwane (14) are favourites for this match given the fact that their team is more stable than their neighbours, even though they have only won 1 in their last 9 matches.

On loan midfielder Kabelo Mahlasela is likely to start on the bench after having his first full training with his new teammates on Friday.

The absence of key defenders Sibusiso Mbonani, Nicolas Motloung as well as Ayanda Nkili has left Rise and Shine with the second worst defensive record (24) in the League.

KEY PLAYERS

Polokwane City

Charlton Mashumba

The Zimbabwean has settled in his second season with the club and has been showing some signs of the qualities when he first arrived at Jomo Cosmos in 2014. He is the current team top goal scorer with 5 goals.

Jabu Maluleke

The 37-year-old recently returned from an injury and his second half performance during the 4-1 defeat by Orlando Pirates midweek was impressive. His deadly set piece strength can be crucial in a match outcome.

Puleng Tlolane

The longest-serving player in the club has seen some game time under new coach Clinton Larsen. Tlolane’s ability to take on opposition defenders and shooting from long range can give City the much needed aggression upfront.

Baroka

Elvis Chipezeze

The newly appointed captain is the only player in the team to have played all matches in all competitions this season. The 15 goals conceded is an indication that the Zimbabwean number 1 has been a pillar for the team.

Tshediso Patjie

In his second season with the club, the 29-year-old has grown in confidence and has been cone one of the regulars and most effective players in the team. Patjie takes on players and can be deadly with set pieces.

Gerald Phiri Junior

The Malawian international would want to forget the outside politics which saw him recently being stripped off the captaincy after only a few games and show us the qualities he is known for. Phiri has 2 goals so far this season with 1 assist.

By Ofhani Munyai

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