Bidvest Wits beat Real Kings 4-0 last night in the first of the four Nedbank Cup quarter-finals scheduled for the weekend, to reach their first semi-final in the competition since the 2013/14 season.
It was the third match this season in all competitions where Wits scored at least four goals in 90 minutes, having done so earlier against Pirates (in the league) and UD
Songo (Confederations Cup).
With their title campaign faltering over the last few weeks, the Cup is their last shot at lifting silverware this season.
2 – Bidvest Wits have gone on to reach the final on both occasions when they reached the Nedbank Cup semi finals, winning one (2010) and losing the other one (2014).
TS Sporting v Bloemfontein Celtic
With Real Kings’ exit confirmed, TS Sporting are the only non-topflight side remaining in the
tournament. The men from Mpumalanga have been riding their luck so far, having won successive penalty shootouts in their Round of 32 and the Round of 16 ties.
Drawn at home against Celtic in the quarter finals, they’ll be determined to follow in the footsteps of TS Galaxy last season, who were the first lower level club to win a Nedbank Cup title.
8 – Since the Nedbank Cup was renamed in 2008, Celtic have never progressed beyond the quarter final stage. Siwelele have been beaten on each of the last five occasions when they reached the quarter finals.
29 – TS Sporting are the lowest ranked team in the quarter-finals of the Nedbank Cup, currently 13th in the first division (Glad Africa Championship).
Baroka v Black Leopards
Baroka have already tripled the number of last year’s home wins in 2020, having won just one throughout 2019. And it’s only March. Although they needed penalties to beat Hungry Lions in the last round of the Cup, they have lost just one of the five matches they’ve played at home this season, drawing the Hungry Lions match and winning the other three. An improved home form for Baroka, a recent victory in the same Limpopo derby, and Leopards’ woeful away from home point to a difficult afternoon in store for the visitors.
Yet, rooted at the bottom of the league, they will be desperate to salvage their season, by going on a memorable Cup run.
433 – The number of days since Black Leopards visited Baroka in January last year and won 2-1. Since then they’ve played another 20 away games in all competitions and won just one of them, drawing five and losing 14.
Highlands v Sundowns
With last season’s finalists and table toppers Kaizer Chiefs out of the Cup, Sundowns are the outright favorites for a title they last won 5 years ago. Second on the league table, Masandawana are the highest ranked team remaining in the competition. They come against the side that knocked out Kaizer Chiefs, but Downs are favored by the bookies to not suffer the same fate as their fellow giants.
0 – Since their promotion to the PSL top-flight in 2016/17, Highlands Park have not beaten Sundowns in any match they’ve played. Kaizer Chiefs are the only other side they’ve never beaten in regulation time.
By Opta Jabu