Kaizer Chiefs come into this afternoon’s Absa Premiership encounter against Black Leopards in Thohoyandou as favourites in many aspects.
Amakhosi have only not scored more goals (36) than any other team in the League but they have also scored more goals (17) away than any other team, followed by Stellenbosch and Orlando Pirates both at 13. Their ability to score during the run of play and also with set-pieces will be key for Amakhosi this afternoon against a Leopards side that is low on confidence.
Chiefs’ away defensive record this season has also been impressive. Only Bidvest Wits have conceded fewer goals (1) than Chiefs (6). There has also been a solid hard to crack partnership formed between Eric Mathoho and Daniel Cardoso who have also contributed massively in the scoring department. Leopards on the other hand have conceded in 8 of their 10 home matches but the defensive pair of Edwin Gyimah and Chris Katjiukua seem to be growing some understanding which could be a plus for Leopards.
Chiefs are the only side in the Absa Premiership this season that have only failed to score in one match in all League matches played so far, the only side to do so. That makes Amakhosi a more dangerous side compared to their opponents, Leopards who have failed to score in 5 of their 17 matches. Lidoda Duvha have only managed to score more than 2 goals in only 4 of their 17 League matches.
The similarities between the two clubs is that they both have had a number of goal scorers they rely on this season even though the hosts have scored fewer goals (17) compared to the visitors who have scored 19 goals more. Chiefs strikers have scored 16 goals combined, a goal less than the entire Leopards team this season so giving Chiefs an edge over their relegation threatened opponents.
Most of the Chiefs goals this season have been scored in the second half. 21 of their 36 goals were netted in the second stanza. 12 of Leopards 17 goals have also been scored in the second half meaning we might witness an electrifying second half full of goals in Thohoyandou.
By Ofhani Munyai