Sundowns look to consolidate top spot

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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 16: Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Telkom Knockout Final match between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns at Moses Mabhida Stadium on December 16, 2015 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)

Mamelodi Sundowns will look to further consolidate first place on the Absa Premiership log when they host Bloemfontein Celtic at Loftus Stadium on 16 December 2017, kick-off at 15h30.

Sundowns have put together a six-match unbeaten run which has seem them take 16 points from a possible 18 to rise to the top of the standing and establish themselves as title favourites. The Tshwane side defeated Maritzburg United 1-0 on December 13 to claim a hat-trick of victories since a goalless draw at Chippa United in late November.

The Brazilians have lost three of their five home matches this season, but their last two turns as hosts have brought a full haul of six points, as their midweek win over United was preceded by a 4-0 thrashing of Baroka on December 5.

Celtic claimed their biggest win of the league season when they thumped derby rivals Free State Stars 3-0 at home on December 10. Victor Letsoalo scored brace of goals to sandwich a fine strike from Lucky Baloyi as the Bloemfontein side produced their best performance of 2017/18 thus far.

Phunya Sele Sele have claimed nine points from their six away matches this term, while their last completed game on the road was a 0-0 draw at Platinum Stars in November (as their fixture at AmaZulu earlier this month was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch).

In head-to-head stats, Sundowns and Celtic have met in 58 league matches since 1985. The Brazilians have claimed 29 wins compared to 13 for Phunya Sele Sele, while 16 matches have been drawn. The Tshwane side has claimed 15 wins from 29 home matches against the Bloemfontein club, suffering six defeats in the process.

Last season ‘Downs took four points off Celtic, winning 1-0 in Bloemfontein in the first half of the campaign, followed by a goalless draw in the return game in Tshwane. The Brazilians have claimed just one win from their last five home matches against Phunya Sele Sele.

Form and Fixtures

MAMELODI SUNDOWNS

Season league results (most recent first): WWWDWWLLWWLW

Next five league fixtures: Cape Town City (H), Polokwane City (A), Ajax Cape Town (A), Orlando Pirates (H), Platinum Stars (H)

BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC

Season league results (most recent first): WLDWLWWDLWDD

Next five league fixtures: SuperSport United (H), Golden Arrows (H), Maritzburg United (A), Bidvest Wits (A), AmaZulu (A)

Head-to-Head

LAST 10 LEAGUE RESULTS

Season Result Scorers

2012/13 Celtic 0-1 Sundowns Henyekane

2012/13 Sundowns 0-1 Celtic Gamildien

2013/14 Celtic 1-3 Sundowns Kekana, Malajila, Modise (pen); Mogorosi (pen)

2013/14 Sundowns 1-0 Celtic Moriri

2014/15 Celtic 0-1 Sundowns Pelembe

2014/15 Sundowns 0-5 Celtic Lamola, Mhango 2, Morena, Nyatama

2015/16 Celtic 0-1 Sundowns Laffor

2015/16 Sundowns 1-3 Celtic Arendse; Lakay, Abdul Razak, Phalane

2016/17 Celtic 0-1 Sundowns T. Zwane

2016/17 Sundowns 0-0 Celtic

LEAGUE RECORD (since 1985)

Home

P W D L GF GA
Sundowns 29 15 8 6 35 35
Celtic 29 7 8 14 19 31

 

Away

P W D L GF GA
Sundowns 29 14 8 7 31 19
Celtic 29 6 8 15 35 35

 

Total

P W D L GF GA
Sundowns 58 29 16 13 66 54
Celtic 58 13 16 29 54 66