STATS: Highlands Park aim for 100th point

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Yesterday’s victory over Black Leopards was Baroka’s 10th home win in 58 games since they were promoted in 2016/17.

They are the only side that have needed 4 seasons to reach 10 home wins and 58 games is the longest it has taken any current league side.

2007 – Kaizer Chiefs lost to Maritzburg United at home for the first time since 2007, when Ernst Middendorp was also coach of Amakhosi.

2 – There were two 0-0 draws in one day in the PSL yesterday (Bidvest Wits v Chippa United and Golden Arrows v Orlando Pirates), equalling the total number of 0-0 draws we’ve seen since the start of the year.

Highlands Park aiming for their 100th point.
At the second time of asking, Highlands Park have made a strong fight of establishing
themselves in the South African top-flight.

After their promotion in 2016/17, the Lions of the North initially found the top-flight too much for them, as they were relegated at the end of their very first season.

Relegation to the lower echelons of South African football can go either way. The likes of Moroka Swallows, Jomo Cosmos and lately Ajax Cape Town have gone down into the murky world of the first division, filled with limited budgets, gruelling schedules and purchasing of licenses for survival. On the other hand, the likes of Golden Arrows have bounced back from relegation to the first division and returned to establish themselves in the league. Will Highlands Park fall into the former or latter group?

They were the first PSL side to be promoted one season (2015/16), relegated the next
season (2016/17), promoted the following season (2017/18) and finished in the Top 8 in their first season back (2018/19).

The 41 points they won last season is the third highest total of any newly-promoted side in the PSL era. In fact, Free State Stars (5th in 2007/8) are the only other newly promoted side that have finished in a higher league position than Highlands’ 7th place last season.

Now, as they go in search of their 100th point this weekend, the next challenge is to remain in the Top 8, and possibly establish themselves as
PSL regulars. Having crossed the 30-point mark usually deemed enough to avoid relegation
in February already, they can set their sights higher.

99 – Highlands Park have won 99 points in the league since their first promotion in 2016/17.
A draw or win and they’ll reach 100 points, becoming the 32nd PSL club to do so.

1 – Highlands Park have won just once in the five matches they’ve played against SuperSport
since their promotion in 2016/17, drawing once and losing the other three.

60% – Highlands Park have won a higher proportion of games in the month of March (3 out of 5), compared to any other month of the year.

Cape Town City v Bloemfontein Celtic

3 – Celtic have lost their last three games away from home. The last time they lost 4 away
games in a row in the same season was in October 2011.

10 – SuperSport have won 10 points in the league at home in the 2020 calendar year.
Maritzburg (13) are the only side with more.

By Opta Jabu 

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