Free State Stars will look to return to winning ways when they face Highlands Park in Wednesday evening’s Absa Premiership clash in Tembisa.
After an impressive 4-1 win over Amazulu in March, Stars went down fighting in a 2-1 defeat against Orlando Pirates in Soweto this past Saturday.
With safety in the league not yet secured, coach Nikola Kavazovic and his men will be keen to bounce back against the Lions of the North, although it will certainly not be an easy task, especially playing at their fortress Makhulong Stadium.
Highlands Park are very much an unpredictable side, and while opposition teams do now always know what to expect from them on any given day, Stars will be more than ready for them.
Despite the loss against Orlando Pirates over the weekend, there were a lot of positives Stars could take from that game, especially in the way they kept fighting after going two goals down to eventually reduce the deficit with a great goal of their own.
Some smart substitutions from Kavazovic also enabled Stars to get back in the match.
“We made three great substitutions and the last 25 minutes we controlled the ball. We controlled the situation on the field. I can say we deserved the equaliser but the better team won at the end of the day,” the coach said afterwards.
Looking at the head-to-head record between Stars and Highlands, the men from Bethlehem have managed to claim two wins and a draw from their four previous encounters, while losing only one, so they will feel confident of getting another positive result come Wednesday.