The space occupied by defunct side Bidvest Wits, Cape Town City and SuperSport United as the main challengers to The Big Three clubs in the last few years has a seat open at the trophy-winners table.
With Wits no longer around, Bloemfontein Celtic are one of the teams making a claim to fill that void. Even before Wits’ demise, Siwelele have slowly been building their reputation as a Cup team. They reached the Nedbank Cup final last season, narrowly losing out to Sundowns. Progress this weekend would take them to a 3rd Cup final in three years. That would be more Cup finals in three years than the 21 years before then.
This semi-final is much closer than the Soweto derby, following the 1-1 draw in Pretoria. The stalemate in the first-leg was true to history:
11 – Since the start of the 2015/16 season, no top-flight fixture has ended as a draw on more occasions than Celtic-Supersport (11 draws in 13 meetings, all competitions).
Could we be in for another draw?
4 – Celtic have progressed on each of the four previous occasions the two sides have met in a knockout tie (2018 Nedbank Cup, 2017 TKO, 2008 TKO, 2005 SAA Supa8 final).
Yet, Supersport are specialists at one thing:
4 – Supersport have won all four second leg MTN8 away ties after drawing the first leg at home, including all of the last three editions of the tournament. Repeat?
By Opta Jabu