Kick-off is at 5pm CAT (SA, GMT+2).
Baroka suffered a third defeat from their last four league outings when they were beaten 1-0 at AmaZulu on 25 September.
Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele have taken six points from three home matches so far this season, with their last result as hosts a 1-0 win over Sekhukhune United in mid-September.
“Very disappointing result for us, the same happened against Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United, getting chances and not converting them. If you do things in a hurry you can’t get what you want,” Baroka head coach Thoka Matsimela said following their loss to AmaZulu.
“Sometimes you need to be patient and put yourself in the right positions so that you can find the empty spaces, but the problem is that we are rushing, we are in a hurry,” he added.
Stellenbosch continued their unbeaten start to the Premiership campaign with a 2-1 home win over Chippa United on 25 September, thanks to a strike from Stanley Dimgba and an own goal from the Chilli Boys’ Sammy Seabi.
The Maroons have claimed five points from three away matches this season, with their last result on the road a 3-0 win over local rivals Cape Town City in mid-September.
“Proud of the players again, we showed good character and good fight,” said Stellies head coach Steve Barker following their win over Chippa.
“Extremely proud of the effort, back-to-back wins at Danie Craven. Back-to-back wins in the league. Credit must go to the whole team, the support staff and the technical staff for the continued work ethic that they have been showing – it is starting to reap its rewards.”
In head-to-head stats, Stellenbosch and Baroka have met in four top-flight league matches since 2019/20. The Maroons have claimed three wins compared to one for Bakgaga, with zero drawn games. The Limpopo side have lost both of their two home matches in the rivalry.
The teams’ two league meetings last season both produced away wins: Baroka triumphed 3-2 at the Danie Craven Stadium in January 2021, but Stellenbosch claimed revenge with a 3-1 victory at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in March 2021.
PLAYERS TO WATCH – Baroka FC
Evidence Makgopa: The towering forward has scored two of Baroka’s four goals this season and has established himself as one of the most exciting talents in South Africa’s top division. Makgopa scored seven goals in the league last season and is on course to better that record as he also aims to establish himself as a regular within the Bafana Bafana set up.
Elvis Chipezeze: The Zimbabwean goalkeeper made his first start of the season last weekend following injury to Oscarine Masuluke. He will be eager to make the most of the opportunity and stake a claim for that proverbial No 1 jersey with a clean sheet this weekend.
PLAYERS TO WATCH – Stellenbosch FC
Stanley Dimgba: The versatile Nigerian forward scored his first goal of the season last weekend and will be eager to help build on Stellies’ positive start to the campaign. A threat down both wings, Dimgba will be aiming to exploit the spaces in behind Baroka’s defensive line as the Maroons aim to cement their place inside the top three heading into the international break.
Alan Robertson: The centre-back has made a strong return to the starting eleven for Stellies and will be eager to build on an impressive 2020/21 season. He found the back of the net in a 3-0 win over Cape Town City and played the full 90 last weekend. He will now have his sights set on a clean sheet in Polokwane.