Preview: Platinum Stars v Chippa United

Platinum Stars will look to build on their recent victory with just their second home league win of the season when they face Chippa United at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Friday.

Dikwena are struggling at the wrong end of the Premiership standings, in 12th place with just 19 points from 18 games, but a 3-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday, after a narrow loss to Mamelodi Sundowns, will have given the side some confidence ahead of facing the Chilli Boys.

Chippa, meanwhile, come into this game in ninth place with 21 points, and on the back of a solid goalless draw with Sundowns, although having previously been held to a 2-2 draw with Golden Arrows – that preceded a 2-0 loss to Celtic.

And ahead of this eagerly-awaited tie, Stars coach Cavin Johnson, who also guided his charges to a CAF Confederation Cup win over UD Songo on their home turf, told the club’s official website, they are determined to claim all three points in front of their own supporters.

He said: “The desire to win at home is bigger than anything at the moment. To register a nice win at home is what we are going to put all our energies on. The fact that we are playing at home, I am sure that the players will put a better effort against Chippa.

“Chippa held the African Champions to a draw on Wednesday. That means they are a good team.”

Chippa coach Dan Malesela, whose team had to play their clash with Sundowns over two days with the match abandoned on Tuesday night due to power failure after 41 minutes of play, before resuming from the 42nd minute on Wednesday morning – knows they face another tricky encounter.

He reflected on the Sundowns draw in the Herald before focusing on their Stars challenge.