STATS: Midweek PSL matches

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FARPost’s stats providers Opta Jabu have reviewed the past weekend PSL matches, as well as preview the midweek fixtures.

WEEKEND REVIEW

The first taste of league football in 2020 just came to an end, with a full round of matches this past weekend. Maritzburg continued their Friday night form, with another victory (now 1 loss in 18 on Fridays), while Golden Arrows lost yet another away match, extending Komphela’s poor record away from home (just 2 away wins at Arrows).

Maritzburg needed two goals in the final 10 minutes however, as they came back from a goal down to win
against Arrows. We put some stats together from the weekend:

7 – Maritzburg are the only PSL side that have come back from a half-time losing position to win an #AbsaPrem match at least once in each of the last 5 seasons. No side has overturned more half-time deficits since 2015/16 than the Team of Choice (7).

1 – Golden Arrows were the first PSL team to lose a league match in the 2010s decade. They are now also the first team to lose a league match in the 2020s decade.

Sundowns continued their dominance over AmaZulu, while Polokwane finally won a game, just one shy of the PSL ecord of 10 losses in a row. Pirates stuttered away to Celtic yet gain, while Highlands Park beat Black Leopards for he first time in their top-flight history.

Kaizer Chiefs lost a league match for just the second time this season over the weekend, oing down 2-1 to Supersport. It was a surprising result for many, but not for all.

8 – No PSL team has beaten Kaizer Chiefs on more occasions in the PSL than Supersport (18), so far ahead of the next team (Sundowns with 13 victories over Chiefs).


1 – 9% Pirates have won just 9% of games away to Celtic in the last decade (1 out of 11), their lowest win ratio against any PSL team.

MIDWEEK PREVIEW

Tuesday 7 January

Sundowns v Wits

Sundowns are currently on a 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions, their longest run of matches without defeat in two years (15 matches Jan – April 2018). They take on a Wits side who have a record of struggling in this fixture and could reduce the gap between them and Chiefs to a single point (for 24 hours at least) with a win.

24 – Sundowns have beaten Wits 24 times in the PSL era. Against no other PSL team have they won on more occasions (24 also v Celtic).

0 – Wits are winless in their last 11 matches away to Sundowns since a 3-2 win in February 2008 (D4 L7). No PSL team has played more #AbsaPrem matches at Sundowns without a victory since then (11).

Polokwane v Pirates

After breaking the 9-match losing run over the weekend, Polokwane will be full of confidence as they welcome a Pirates side that has shown signs of weakness on the road.

Pirates have won just 6 points away from home all season. Only Cape Town City and Leopards have less
away points (5). However, the Buccaneers have enjoyed the upper hand over Polokwane recently.

11 – Polokwane haven’t won any of their last 11 league matches against Pirates since Feb 2014 (L5 D6), the longest current run without a win against Pirates.

14 – Pirates have conceded 14 goals away from home in just 8 away games already this season. Last year, they conceded 12 away goals all season. Only Cape Town City (15) have conceded more on the road.

Wednesday 8 Jan

Kaizer Chiefs v Highlands Park

After going on a 7-match winless run, Highlands Park have now won two games in a row.

They’ll be aiming for a 3rd successive win, a run which have had only once in their top-flight history (Aug-Sep this season). Yet, Amakhosi stand in the way of that – and past results certainly favor the team celebrating 50 years.

0 – Highlands Park have not won a league match against Chiefs since their promotion in 2016, one of four sides they are yet to beat in the league (incl. Sundowns, Pirates & Platinum Stars).

80% – Highlands Park have an 80% lose rate v Chiefs in the league (lost 4 of 5), their highest lose ratio of all the sides they have faced in the PSL.

OTHER MATCHES

Stellenbosch v Celtic

2 – Celtic have lost two of their last four matches against newly promoted sides, having lost none of the previous 19.

Leopards v Chippa

Black Leopards have won just one of their last 8 matches played on a Wednesday, drawing one and losing the other six.

Cape Town City v AmaZulu

0 – There has never been a draw involving the two sides (Played 6 all comps) with AmaZulu winning 4 times, and The Citizens twice.

Arrows v Baroka

2016 – Golden Arrows have lost four successive #AbsaPrem matches for the first time under Steve Komphela and for the first time since Jan/Feb 2016. However, their 2 points per game at home is bettered only by Pirates, Chiefs & Sundowns.

SuperSport v Maritzburg

Maritzburg are unbeaten away from home in 5 league matches, their longest run without an away loss since Feb-Apr 2016 (7 games).

By Opta Jabu

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