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Wits seek redemption against Arrows

Bidvest Wits will lock horns with Lamontville Golden Arrows in an Absa Premiership match at the Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday.

Kick-off is at 7:30pm.

The Clever Boys, who were defeated 2-1 by Cape Town City in the MTN8 on Sunday, remain winless in the league this season - having drawn 2-2 with Free State Stars in Bethlehem in their previous league game two weeks ago.

As a result, the defending champions Wits are placed 12th on the Absa Premiership table with one point from two games. They are two points behind eighth-placed AmaZulu.

Meanwhile, Arrows, who are also still winless in the league this season, were held to a 1-1 stalemate by Bloemfontein Celtic in Durban in their previous league match a fortnight ago.

The draw left Abafana Bes'thende are placed 10th on the league standings with two points from two matches. They are two points behind third-placed Orlando Pirates.

Possible Wits XI: Josephs, Frosler, Hlanti, Hlatshwayo, Damjanovic, Scott, Kodisang, Pienaar, Klate, Mhango, Rodgers.

Possible Arrows XI: Gumede, Mzava, Nonyane, Cele, Mngwengwe, Dlamini, Magubane, Bilankulu, Jooste, Mahachi, Lamola.



Season Result Scorers

2011/12 Wits 2-2 Arrows Sif. Vilakazi 2 (1 pen);

Gabuza, Mbesuma

2011/12 Arrows 1-1 Wits Mlotshwa; Tshabangu

2012/13 Wits 1-0 Arrows Pattison

2012/13 Arrows 1-2 Wits Sib. Vilakazi, Faty;


2013/14 Wits 1-0 Arrows Ngalende

2013/14 Arrows 0-1 Wits Ngcobo

2015/16 Wits 3-2 Arrows Mahlambi, Klate 2; Hotto,


2015/16 Arrows 0-1 Wits Hlanti

2016/17 Arrows 0-0 Wits

2016/17 Wits 3-0 Arrows Mhango (pen); Ngele 2

LEAGUE RECORD (since 2001/02)



Wits 14 10 3 1 24 13

Arrows 14 3 4 7 17 21



Wits 14 7 4 3 21 17

Arrows 14 1 3 10 13 24



Wits 28 17 7 4 45 30

Arrows 28 4 7 17 30 45

What the teams are saying

Gavin Hunt head coach Gavin Hunt:

"If there's something we need to improve on it is scoring goals. We need to score more goals than the opposition, and we should also stop conceding poor goals from set-pieces,” he said.

"We know that we are better than our current results. We are not winning matches and we have been very unfortunate. The state of the team is fine. We will be better.”

Golden Arrows defender Musa Bilankulu:

"It's going to be a tough match against a strong team. We are yet to win a league game this season. So, it's very important for us to fight for a victory against Wits," he said.

"Our preparations are on track and we prepared very well during the recent Fifa international break. Everyone is ready for the match. We are going there for a victory."

Bidvest Wits key players

S'fiso Hlanti: The full-back has established himself as Wits' first-choice left-back due to his ability to play good crosses into the opposition box. The left-back will look to produce a solid performance against Arrows and help his side win.

Steven Pienaar: The veteran midfielder is slowly regaining his full fitness after starting against City on Sunday. The creative midfielder will be eager to inspire the Clever Boys to victory over Arrows.

Golden Arrows key players

Musa Bilankulu: The experienced player is one of Arrows' most important figures due to his ability to play well in defence and midfield. The 32-year-old will be keen to help Arrows beat his former employers Wits.

Lerato Lamola: The hard-working frontman has already opened his scoring account for this season. The Arrows striker netted against Wits in the MTN8 last month and he will be looking to score again, and inspire his side to victory.


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