THE defending PSL Champions, SuperSport United, will be looking to end their rather disappointing 2010/11 Absa Premiership season on a high by beating Free State Stars in their last league match and finishing inside the top eight.
The match is scheduled to take place at Goble Park on Saturday afternoon, kick-off at 3pm.
After winning three league titles in a row the Matsatsantsa really struggled this season, but a good run of form at the end of the season could see them salvage some pride in what has truly been a disappointing season.
SuperSport, at present, are placed eighth on the log and need only a draw to ensure that they maintain their position in the top half of the table which according to Anthony Laffor is their main goal.
“It has not been the best season for us and we have not been happy with how we have played, but we have started to put things together at the end of the season. Our main aim now is to finish in the top eight, as high up the table as possible,” admitted Matsatsantsa’s top marksman.
Much like Laffor suggests, United have hit their best patch of form this season which has seen them win their last three league matches. Most recently they beat Vasco da Gama 3-1 in what was a very convincing display.
“We are playing well and our results are showing that. We are looking to end the season on a high with a fourth win in a row over Free State, but we know it will not be easy because they are also looking for a top eight finish. It will be a tough match, but we are ready,” added Laffor.
The Ea Lla Koto are ninth at the moment on the league table and need to defeat SuperSport in order to leapfrog them and move into the top half of the table. That, however, is something they can achieve says their number one Kennedy Mweene.
“We are fighting for a top eight spot and we are at home; that will play into our favour. SuperSport have to come to us and get a victory and we won’t let them,” said the shot-stopper.-Backpagepix
Stars, though, have not been in their best form of late and have won just one of their last nine league games. They played to a 1-1 draw away to Platinum Stars in their last outing.
“We may not have done well recently, but it is a different game on Saturday. It is the last game of the season and we will be giving our all. SuperSport have looked good lately, but that will count for nothing when we take them on,” suggests Mweene.
In head-to-head stats, Stars and SuperSport have met in 29 league games since 1991. Matsatsantsa have ten wins to Ea Lla Koto’s eight, while 11 matches have ended in draws. The teams have met twice this season: their league match ended 0-0, while Stars won 1-0 at home in a recent last 16 cup game.