Ajax can pull clear of United tonight

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The Urban Warriors lost 2-0 to Kaizer Chiefs in Durban on Friday night, ending any hopes of a league and cup double for the Cape side.

But Ajax have a great opportunity to pull four points clear of Supersport United at the head of the league table and pile the pressure on the Tshwane team ahead of their weekend fixture against Free State Stars.

A victory over Platinum Stars would take Ajax to 45 points from 23 matches and ensure their place atop the Absa Premiership at least until the weekend of April 4-6.

The visitors also fell out of the cup at the weekend, losing on penalties to Ea Lla Koto at Goble Park after a 1-1 draw. The result ended any hopes of silverware for last year’s league runners-up, but they must now strive for a place in the top half of the table.

The head-to-head record between the two sides favours Ajax, who have won four matches to Stars’ two in their nine league meetings since 2003/04 and outscored their opponents 12 goals to five.

Their last meeting, a league game on December 2 last year, saw the teams play to a 1-1 draw, with George Mofokeng putting Stars ahead before a late equaliser from Nathan Paulse.

Ajax:Date H/A Opponent Result07/03/08 A BidVest Wits W 1-004/03/08 A SuperSport United L 2-301/03/08 H Kaizer Chiefs D 1-124/02/08 A Jomo Cosmos W 1-020/02/08 H Thanda Royal Zulu W 3-0

Stars:12/03/08 A Bloemfontein Celtic W 2-009/03/08 H SuperSport United L 0-205/03/08 A Kaizer Chiefs D 0-027/02/08 H Jomo Cosmos D 0-023/02/08 A Thanda Royal Zulu W 2-1

2003/04Ajax 4 (Mubiala, Mulekelayi, Evans, Sheppard) Stars 0Stars 0 Ajax 2 (Mugeyi, Poggenpoel)

2004/05Ajax 1 (Mulekelayi) Stars 0Stars 1 (Masanabo) Ajax 0

2005/06Stars 0 Ajax 2 (Shabalala, Paulse)Ajax 1 (Cale) Stars 1 (Mashego)

2006/07Stars 0 Ajax 0Ajax 1 (Scott) Stars 2 (Masanabo 2)

2007/08Stars 1 (Mofokeng) Ajax 1 (Paulse)

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