AmaZulu’s struggles against Maritzburg well documented

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Amazulu clash with Maritzburg this Sunday afternoon at the Princess Magogo Stadium in Durban.

It’s the third KwaZulu Natal derby of the season, after Arrows beat Maritzurg 1-0 in their opening game of the season and then drew 1-1 with AmaZulu in the middle of September.

The three KZN sides are all encountering different seasons, with Arrows punching above their weight in 4th position. Their 20 points collected in 12 games represents their joint best ever start to a 30-game PSL season.

Maritzburg will be somewhat content with their own start – on the one hand, they find themselves in a healthy 9th position, but on the other hand they remain just two points above the relegation zone.

An 8-game unbeaten run in all competitions (their longest since 2011) was recently brought to a halt by SuperSport United, but the Team Of Choice will be happier with this season’s start compared to last term.

As for AmaZulu, the going has been tough, as they are in the relegation places almost halfway into the season. Questions are now being asked: will they be relegated again, as they were in 2015?

Golden Arrows have won 16 points in KZN derbies since the start of 2017/18, while Maritzburg and AmaZulu both have won 10.

Maritzburg’s slightly better goal difference ensures they edge AmaZulu into third, going into this weekend’s encounter.

Moreover, AmaZulu have won just one of the thirteen fixtures they’ve played against Maritzburg in the league since 2011, drawing seven and losing the other five. In that time, they have failed to score in six of those matches.

Maritzburg, on the other hand, have been doing well away from home. They have lost just two of the last 10 away games, drawing three and winning five, and conceding just five goals in the process.

The likes of Michael Morton have to step up for Usuthu.

Eric Tinkler’s men have also won three of their opening eleven league games. The last time they had more wins at this stage was in 2014 (4 wins).

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Celtic have won just one of their last 13 away games played in all competitions, but that victory also came away to Polokwane City.

Leopards v Golden Arrows

Steve Komphela won only his second away match in the league since he joined Arrows with the victory over Baroka on Wednesday night. He’ll be in search of his third on Saturday.

Black Leopards have lost just once at home in the top-flight in league matches against Arrows (P10 W5 D4 incl. 6 clean sheets).

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A win for SuperSport will give Matsatsantsa 23 points from 13 games, which will be their best return at this stage of an #AbsaPrem season since 2011, when they had 28 points from 13.

Stellenbosch have won 11 points in their opening 12 games (0.92 points per game). In the 30-game PSL era, only three of the 14 newly-promoted sides that picked up less than a point a game in their opening 12 games have finished above 15th position at season end.

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By Opta Jabu

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