Survival to play for in Free State derby

Bloemfontein Celtic and Free State Stars clash in one of the biggest Premiership derbies of recent seasons when they lock horns at the Dr. Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.

The three points at stake are massive for either side, with the winner guaranteed top-flight survival and loser facing an anxious final round of the weekend on May 27.

Hosts Siwelele currently enjoy the upper hand in the race to beat the drop. Currently in 12th with 27 points, one ahead of 13th-placed Ea Lla Koto.

The bottom two sides, Chippa United and Baroka FC, have 24 points each and both will also be keeping their eye on proceedings in the Free State.

Celtic are without a league win in their last seven matches dating back to the start of April.

Stars, on the other hand, are beaming after a stunning 3-1 win over table-toppers Bidvest Wits a week ago. That result ended a sequence of four defeats in their previous five games.

In the head to head readings of this heated encounter dating back to 1986, Ea Lla Koto have won 17 times in the 50 games played. Managerless Celtic have won 13 and 20 have ended in draws.

Stars also boast an impressive record of four wins and one draw in the last five derby encounters with their domestic rivals.

Serame Letsoaka can welcome back midfielder Nhlanhla Vilakazi from suspension, while striker Allen Nono remains on the sidelines with injury – while Celtic have no new injuries or suspensions to hinder their Free State derby.

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