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Preview - Wits v FS Stars


The chance to move into fourth place on the Absa Premiership league table will be the incentive for both BidVest Wits and Free State Stars when the teams meet at the BidVest Stadium on Wednesday evening (kickoff 7.30pm).

Stars are placed sixth on 35 points and Wits are just a place and one point further back. Both teams could leap into fourth place if they claim victory in Johannesburg and put themselves in a position where they could make a late run at the title if those ahead of them slip up in the remainder of the season.

However, that lofty prospect seems to be a long way off if one takes into account the recent form of both the 'Clever Boys' and 'Ea Lla Koto'.

Wits have not won since they trumped Mamelodi Sundowns 3-2 in late February. In their last four league games they have picked up just two points and Roger De Sa's team also suffered the ignominy of losing to Winners Park on penalties in the first round of the Nedbank Cup.

Stars, although they walloped Ikapa Sporting FC 8-1 in the second round of the cup in their last outing, have also struggled on the league front. Like Wits they have collected just two out of a possible 12 points in their last four Premiership matches, including embarrassing 4-1 and 6-1 defeats at the hands of Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United respectively.

The teams last met in mid November last year, with Stars claiming a 3-1 win over Wits. Fanyana Dhladhla (now with Sundowns), Sifiso Vilakazi and Thulasizwe Mbuyane netted for 'Ea Lla Koto', while Ashraf Hendricks scored for the Johannesburg team.?

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