The DSTV Premiership returns to action today after the two-week international break.
While some teams have started the season well, others have stuttered in getting out of the blocks. Seeing Mamelodi Sundowns at the top of the table is an all too familiar sight, but Baroka and Swallows in second and third is rather new.
Orlando Pirates (6th), Cape Town City (10th) and Kaizer Chiefs (11th) will be hoping to improve on their mixed starts, while Maritzburg United and Black Leopards need to get some points on the board. Pirates v Supersport is the headline fixture of the day, so we ran
through the numbers for one of the longest running PSL rivalries, and more.
Pirates v SuperSport
Pirates return to league action against SuperSport on the back of a 5-0 aggregate win over arch-rivals Chiefs in the MTN8 semi-finals. Tonight’s clash (18:00) will be the 49th meeting between the two sides since the PSL was established, making it the joint most played fixture in PSL history (Chiefs v Sundowns also played 49 times). Thanks to that longevity, this is
one of the highest scoring fixtures in PSL history.
114 – There have been 114 league goals scored in the Pirates-SuperSport fixture since the PSL started in 1996, the second highest scoring fixture in the competition’s top-flight history.
Four goals today could equal the record, but it’s hard to see where those goals would come from. After scoring one goal in six league games in March & August, Pirates have rediscovered some scoring form and netted in six successive games.
Even then, they have only scored more than one goal on one occasion. Their defensive record also augurs well for
a low scoring game.
1 – In the twenty league games since Josef Zinnbuaer’s first game at Pirates in December 2019, no team has managed to score more than once against Pirates in a league match.
Moreover, SuperSport have not won away to Pirates in the league since 2014. If anything, Kaitano Tembo’s men have been consistent in their inconsistency since the league resumed in the bio-bubble. Matsatsanta’s record in their last seven league games reads: Win. Loss.
Win. Loss. Win. Loss. Win. Should that Win-Loss cycle continue, another loss can be expected. There is extra incentive for a win however:
299 – SuperSport have won 299 league games in PSL history, and are one win short of becoming just the 4th side to amass 300 league wins.
Other Saturday matches
Leopards v Maritzburg
The only two sides yet to win a point this season meet on Saturday afternoon when Leopards host Maritzburg. This is the worst ever start to a league season for both sides, who have never previously lost all three opening games.
1 – Leopards have lost just once in the six home games they have played against
Maritzburg, failing to score in just one such meeting.
Stellenbosch v Chippa
12th placed Stellenbosch host Chippa still in search of their first win of the season. Two draws and a loss to open the season is not exactly a disaster, but Steve Barker will want to steer clear of the relegation zone as soon as possible.
1 – Chippa have won just once on 11 previous visits to the Western Cape (v Ajax, Cape Town City and Stellenbosch), drawing four and losing six of those matches.
Golden Arrows v Kaizer Chiefs
Arrows host Gavin Hunt’s Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday afternoon knowing they can go top of the table, at least for a few hours, with a win in this game. They have a wretched record against Chiefs (Won 3 out of the last 24), but face a Chiefs side very low on confidence, especially upfront. Only once in their last 16 league games have Chefs scored more than one goal (a 3-2 in over relegated Polokwane City). Could this be the game where their scoring fortunes change?
11 – Since 2013/14, Chiefs have found the net in 11 of 12 league games against Arrows, failing to score only once.
Swallows v TS Galaxy
Two league newbies Swallows and TS Galaxy clash late on Saturday. Both sides have started well in the top-flight and are yet to lose a game.
4 – The two sides have played four matches against each other previously, winning two each and scoring four goals each.
By Opta Jabu