Kaizer Chiefs had 52 points from 24 games. Mamelodi Sundowns had 46 points from 23 games. The title race was very tight in that season. But Sundowns went on to lift the title. This is the story that we will tell future generations. Because this is what actually happened in the 2013/14 season.
Fast forward to 2019/20. Chiefs have 54 points from 24 games. Sundowns 46 from 23. The exact same number of points for both teams. The timing was a bit different then, but in 2013/14, Chiefs had won 16, drawn 4 and lost 4 after 24 games.
In 2019/20, Chiefs have also won 16, drawn 4 and lost 4 after 24 games. The resemblance is uncanny.
Back then Chiefs lost their 25th match. Sundowns won their 24th, 25th and 26th matches and they never looked back. It was a title-race for the ages that swung in an incredible fashion during the run-in.
Chiefs won three of their last six games, while Sundowns went on a 10 match winning run in a dramatic finish to a PSL season.
A similar type of drama seems to be happening in 2019/20, but for another photo finish, Sundowns will need to start winning games. Fast. The defending champions have drawn their first two league games since the restart, allowing Chiefs to stretch their lead at the top to six points and go past the 50 point mark for the first time since 2014/15. Chiefs are now on 52 points with 6 games to play.
1 – Only one side has failed to win the league having won 52+ points with six games to play in the 30-game era.
The good news for Sundowns is that the side that failed to win from that commanding position was Chiefs in the 2013/14 season. Sundowns won it then. The bad news for Sundowns is that tonight, they face a side that has given them numerous problems in the past.
4 – Since they joined the Absa Premiership in 2016/17, Cape Town City have beaten Sundowns on 4 occasions in the league. No side has beaten Sundowns more than the Citizens.
They also face a side who are enjoying a good run of results under Jan Olde Riekerink. After winning just one of his first seven league games, the Dutchman has seen a change in the wind, and City have won 4 of their last six.
Key in that run has been the form of forward Kermit Erasmus, who scored his 10th league goal of the season in last week’s victory over Chippa United.
He became the second player to score 10 league goals for Cape Town City in a single season and the first since Lebogang Manyama in 2016/17. His goal v Chippa was his 13th league goal for Cape Town City, making him the joint all-time top scorer in the league for the club (Manyama also 13).
Mosimane will have to find a way to stop Erasmus and in the process, improve his personal record against the Citizens.
57% – Since joining Sundowns, Mosimane has lost 4 of the 7 league matches he’s played against Cape Town City, meaning he has lost a higher proportion of matches to the Citizens than any other side (57%).
The best time to improve on that record is today.
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By Opta Jabu