Kaizer Chiefs’ 2020/21 road to 30 points is paved with many records. Unfortunately, most of these are the unwanted type.
Before this season, the longest it had taken Chiefs to get to 30 points had been 23 games in the 2007/8 campaign. Yet, Chiefs will be playing their 27th game of the season today, still in search of that 30th point usually considered a guarantee for safety from the drop.
On the other hand, the same Chiefs are in the quarter-finals of the African Champions League, a first in the club’s history. A place in the semi-finals awaits, should they get the better of Tanzanian champions and league leaders Simba Sports Club.
Failure to reach the 30-point mark has attracted some ridicule from rival fans, and while that may mean nothing to the playing staff, securing that 30th point could provide that little bit of confidence ahead of the back-to-back Caf Champions League ties.
The rearranged fixtures have cleared the road for Chiefs to focus on the two-legged Simba fixtures without local football in between. But the small matter of the Soweto derby must be settled before Chiefs turn their eyes to their last hope of silverware this season.
The number of records broken by a side during a season is hard to measure, given that every match has the potential to extend whatever record is previously set. Collating records at the end of the season is an easier task, but already there are some unwanted records that ‘Amakhosi’ class of 2021 will hold, regardless of what happens in the next month.
Already Chiefs will end the season without a league double over a single opponent for the first time in the PSL era. The six wins this season have come against six different opponents, and they’ve already failed to beat their remaining opponents in the reverse legs.
32 – Chiefs have conceded 32 goals already in the league this season, equaling their worst defensive record in a single season – conceded 32 also in 06/07 and 08/09.
With four games to play, it’s hard to see Chiefs keeping clean sheets in all four games. They’ve kept four successive clean sheets that only three times in the last ten years, and even those were defensively solid sides. The Soweto giants must also avoid defeat in these final four games if they want to steer clear of this other unwanted record.
10 – Chiefs have already lost nine league games this season, and are one short of equalling the club record of 10 league losses in a single PSL season (06/07 and 08/09).
The Draw Specialists
However, Chiefs can be confident given that the side they are facing has won just once in their last 14 league games. With 12 of those matches drawn, it will hardly be a surprise if this one ends in a draw as well.
16 – Swallows FC have drawn 16 league matches this season, one short of the PSL era record for a full season (17).
Most of the draws have been 1-1 draws, with Swallows already breaking the PSL era record for 1-1 draws by a club in a season – currently on 13. The Birds are currently on a run of four successive 1-1 draws. Their consistency in drawing is only matched by their consistency in scoring goals.
2 – ‘The Birds’ have scored at least one goal in 23 of their 25 matches this season. Only two teams in PSL history (Chiefs 1997/98 and Pirates in 2000/01 – both 24), have scored in more league games after 25 games of a PSL season.
Bloemfontein Celtic v Cape Town City
11 – Celtic are unbeaten in 11 home games (W5 D6, since November last year), and have scored at least once in each of those 11 games.
Chippa United v Black Leopards
0 – Leopards have never won an away game to Chippa (D1 L3, since 2013).
Maritzburg United v Golden Arrows
1 – Arrows have lost just one of the last 11 games against Maritzburg (W6 D4 since April 2016, all comps).
SuperSport United v TTM
10 – SuperSport are on a run of 10 league games without a win (D7 L3, since Valentine’s Day weekend), one short of the club record 11 games in 1997/98.
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By Opta Jabu