Bloemfontein Celtic v Chippa United

Bloemfontein Celtic will look to put an end to their two-game winless spell in the Premiership when they host a rejuvenated Chippa United side on Sunday afternoon.

Phunya Sele Sele have endured a dismal campaign thus far and a loss to the Chilli Boys could plunge them firmly into the relegation zone. Celtic occupy 13th place on the table with 15 points collected from a possible 48 and have only picked up two victories in their last 10 league encounters.

Having gone down 2-1 to Golden Arrows in their most recent encounter, Lehlohonolo Seema’s side are only two points shy from bottom-placed Baroka.

Seema, who is serving in a caretaker coach position, is confident that his side will turnaround their bad run of form.

“We did not have a good start after losing our first two matches,” he said. “I am optimistic that we will achieve our goals.

“I think I will continue with my job until the end of the season and we will take everything from there.

“I am positive that the club will do well in the next matches. For now our target is to stave off relegation.

“From there we will try to push for a top-eight finish,” he concluded.

The visitors are still unbeaten in the second half of the league campaign, following a 2-1 victory against Baroka and a 1-1 draw against Mamelodi Sundowns in their most recent encounter.

The Chilli Boys occupy eighth spot on the table and victory will not only extend their unbeaten run to three consecutive league games, but will also help the Port-Elizabeth side consolidate their bid to finish in the top-eight.

Dan Malesela highlighted the difficulty his side face for their trip to Bloemfontein, following their hard-fought stalemate against the reigning league champions on a ‘heavy’ Sisa Dukashe pitch.