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Match Preview: Polokwane City vs. Moroka Swallows



Moroka Swallows will be looking to bounce back from Tuesday's disappointing 4-1 defeat at Mamelodi Sundowns in Saturday's trip to Peter Mokaba Stadium to face Polokwane City. The game kicks off at 8.15pm.

The Dube Birds were demolished by league champions Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday night as they resumed their 2015 Absa premiership campaign.

However, the match to Rise and Shine gives them a chance to claim the three points and redeem themselves.

Swallows go into this clash placed at position 14 on the log standings with 19 points from 18 matches but one would say that their encounter against Kosta Papic’s men will not be an easy task.

The Citizens are fresh from a 1-1 draw against the Ajax Cape Town on Wednesday night and both sides will have to give their best to bag the three points. They are placed at position six with 25 points from 18 matches thus far. Sipho Jembula scored a late equaliser in that game, tucking in the rebound after a Jabu Maluleke freekick.

To midfielder Lantshene Phalane the match in Polokwane will be a tough contest but they’re looking forward to it.

“Well, all I can say is that we’re looking forward to the Polokwane City game, we know it's going to be hard but we just have to make sure we implement our game plan well,” said Phalane.

“They drew and we lost 4-1 and people are already saying Polokwane will be victorious but let's just wait for Saturday and see.

“Yeah, we are playing beautiful football but sometimes results are not on our side but all will be well soon.”

Speaking to the revived former Urban Warriors midfielder, Cole Alexander, the match is not going to be an easy walk in the park as Fani Madida will bring a fight to Polokwane.

“Swallows is not going to be an easy game as they coming to Polokwane to fight for the three the points,” said Alexander.

“They didn’t start the new year too well against Sundowns and they would come all out for the three points now.

“However, we’re also going all out to accumulate points and be safe from relegation zone.

“It’s a very good chance for us to move up on the log if we do win so it’s a very important game for us - and we’re at home and going for the full three points.”

Swallows will be withot the suspended Luvhengo Mungomeni, while Tshwarelo Bereng is still out injured.

The Birds used a 352 formation in the week and handed debuts to on loan Luyolo Nomandela and newly signed striker Edwin Sitayitayi.

Polokwane City gave a full debut to midfielder Bhekuthando Mmema and are likely to stick to their usual 4222 formation with two defensive midfielders, two attacking central midfielders and two strikers.




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