From the stats box, there is one very important thing that Kaizer Chiefs are doing right at the moment in their quest to win the 2019/2020 Absa Premiership title.
If you look at the past few seasons, especially when Mamelodi Sundowns won the league, you’d realise that they had the best away form compared to any team.
This is exactly what Chiefs are doing right this season. It’s certainly a big improvement, specifically on this, in comparison to how they played away in the past campaigns.
Chiefs have won all five of their away matches this season beating Chippa United (2-0), Sundowns (2-0), AmaZulu (2-0), Cape Town City (2-1) and Highlands Park (3-2). If they don’t drop the ball, this would augur well in their title push.
… and this is why
When Sundowns won the League last season – their second title in a row, they were the best team away with 10 wins, 4 draws and 1 defeat (a total of 34 points away).
During the 2017/18 campaign, Pitso Mosimane’s men were also the best team away, with the same statistics as above (10 wins, 4 draws and 1 defeat).
Sundowns also had the best away from in the 2016/17 season with 27 points, but lost out on the title to eventual winners Bidvest Wits, who were the second best team away with 23 points.
During the 2015/16 season, Sundowns were the title winners and guess what? They had the best away form with 33 points from 15 matches (10 wins, 3 draws and 2 defeats).
Chiefs were the league winners in 2014/15 and you guessed it right, they had the best away form with 35 points (11 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses).
In four out of the last five seasons, the Absa Premiership team that had the best away form won the league.
Of course you still have to do well in your own backyard, but winning away shows that the mentality is right – you believe you can win anywhere and not just when you are at home.
So how have Chiefs improved away from home looking at the last five seasons?
2019/2020: 5 wins out of 5 = 15 points (best team away at the moment)
2018/19: 4 wins, 7 draws & 4 losses = 19 points (sixth best team away)
2017/18: 7 wins, 5 draws & 3 losses = 26 points (second best team away)
2016/17: 5 wins, 4 draws & 6 losses = 19 points (sixth best team away)
2015/16: 5 wins, 8 draws & 2 defeats = 23 points (fourth best team away)
*At the rate Chiefs are going, they’ve put themselves in a good position.
CHIEFS’ NEXT THREE LEAGUE MATCHES AWAY…
Stellenbosch v Chiefs, November 27
Maritzburg United v Chiefs, December 22
SuperSport United v Chiefs, January 4
As things stand, Chiefs haven’t done their chances of winning the title any harm at all.
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa