Kaizer Chiefs take on Baroka in the DSTV Premiership on Tuesday, looking to build on their recent impressive form.
Even though Baroka have only been in the top-flight for five years, this fixture already boasts some famous tales. It was this same Baroka side that painfully denied Chiefs the title on the final day of last season, equalising with just half-an-hour to go,
and handing the title to Sundowns. This is one opponent who has proved to be a thorn for Chiefs in the last few years.
7 – Since coming into the top-flight in 2016/17, Baroka have won more points away to Kaizer Chiefs than they have away to any other club (W2 D1).
That said, the worst seems to be over for Gavin Hunt and his men who were in 14th spot just a few weeks ago, in the company of relegation threatened clubs.
Four games without a loss has somewhat changed the mood, which is timely given that the Soweto derby against Pirates is just around the corner.
For Hunt, the most significant memory he has of Baroka is a 5-0 win that he oversaw in February 2017, his biggest league win as a coach at Wits.
70% – Gavin Hunt has a 70% win rate in matches against Baroka (W7 D1 L2), his second best win rate against any local club he has faced at least two times (83% v Stellies).
After a promising start to the season, the old problems of inconsistency have returned for Baroka. They won the opening two games of the season, and looked like a team that could surprise everyone. They have only won two in the next 11 games, sliding down to 10th on the table.
They have scored 3+ goals in two away matches this season, having done so only
once in the previous four seasons. But they remain leaky at the back.
0 – Baroka are one of only two teams yet to keep a clean sheet away from home this season, Black Leopards the other.
Orlando Pirates v TS Galaxy
1 – Orlando Pirates have lost just one of the last 18 games played against sides that were
new to the top-flight (Won 7 Drew 10), with the solitary defeat coming against Stellenbosch last season.
By Opta Jabu