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Revived Celtic out to stop CT City

Bloemfontein Celtic will hope to down Cape Town City as they meet in the Absa Premiership on Saturday evening at Dr Molemela Stadium.

Kick-off is at 6pm.

Under a new coach in Luc Eymael, Siwelele will be hoping to build from their Nedbank Cup winning run.

Celtic defeated Buya Msuthu in last weekend's last-32 fixture away and will now hope to build on that win.

Looking back at their league form, the Mangaung-based side have failed to bag wins in their previous two league matches.

They lost 3-1 to Bidvest Wits as well as succumbing to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Platinum Stars.

Occupying the 13th spot with 18 points from 19 matches puts the hosts under pressure to bag a win from this encounter.

However, under the Belgian mentor they will be regenerated and boosted to bag a win in front of their home crowd.

Although facing a title-challenging City could be a tough task for Celtic, they will now hope to use their win over Msuthu to motivate themselves.

"It's bad times and in the league, but luck hasn't been on our side as well," midfielder Khethokwakhe Masuku said.

"As a player I can't say exactly what is it that we need to do to get out of the situation.

"But I do believe our coaches will come with a plan. As players we can only follow their instructions.

"I promise them that we will try everything in our power to move away from the position we find ourselves in to avoid being dragged down into the relegation zone."

Judging Eric Tinkler's men, the City Boyz will also be out to bag a win to remain in contention of bagging the league crown.

City are fresh from a disappointing 1-0 loss in the Ke Yona competition, but will be revived for the league encounter.

Having already secured the top-eight finish in their maiden Premier Soccer League season, the Mother City side will be aiming for a top-three finish should they fail to lift the league crown.

On the log table, City occupy the second spot with 38 points from 20 matches and a win will elevate them to the top spot.

"Right now there is no pressure on us because what we achieved already is fantastic," said Tinkler.

"We’ve set ourselves a target of reaching 46 points and that is the target right now.

"That’s just the harsh reality. We have already achieved and we are looking to try and finish in that top five and whatever we get after that, that’s a bonus."


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