Mamelodi Sundowns started their two-week mini-series of games leading up to the MTN8 final with a 2-2 draw away to Maniema in DR Congo.
It was the third consecutive time Downs have scored 2+ goals in the Central African country, but the first time they did that and failed to win the game. Suffice to say, the two away goals will be welcome for the PSL champions, who will be hoping to progress to the next round this coming weekend. That said, the two goals conceded could be a slight cause for concern.
Golden Arrows v Sundowns
1 – Sundowns have kept just one clean sheet in Cup games this season, conceding five goals in four Cup games so far.
This is in stark contrast to their defensive form in the league, where they are on a run of nine consecutive clean sheets since last season. In fact, 14 different teams have faced Sundowns in the league since their defeat to Chiefs in April. Only one of them has managed to score against Sundowns.
Arrows will be the next team trying to break down that wall locally, and recent history (post-lockdown) suggest they may struggle to do that.
1 – Arrows have scored two goals in the five matches they have played against Sundowns since lockdown.
However, two goals have come in the two matches they have played at home in that time, the only team to have hosted Sundowns since lockdown and breached their defence on two separate occasions. There could be hope for some goals. Yet, the main issue will be on the defensive side, where Arrows have been giving away goals for fun.
0 – Arrows are the only side yet to keep a clean sheet in the league this season.
Six matches is the longest Golden Arrows have gone without a clean sheet from the start of a season since 2013/14. The coach at the time was Manqoba Mngqithi, and that sixth game turned out to be his final league game at the club.
Maritzburg United v Orlando Pirates
Pirates have won just two of their last 14 away games in all competitions, against the mighty Baroka and Chippa. The Buccaneers have drawn seven and lost the other five on the road since March this year, but it is more concerning that they have failed to score in nine of those games. They have a chance to improve on that record on Wednesday night:
1 – Maritzburg have won just one of their last 11 home games against Pirates (Drew 3 Lost 7 since December 2012).
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By Opta Jabu