STATS: Pirates v Supersport

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Orlando Pirates clash with SuperSport United at lunch-time on Saturday at the Emirates Airline Park in the early Absa Premiership kickoff. 

The two sides have been ever-present in the PSL, alongside Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns, so 24 seasons in, this will be their 48th clash in the league.

They are deadlocked at 17 wins apiece, with 13 matches ending in a draw. In the last five years, SuperSport have enjoyed better results in this fixture. They have also been enjoying better results under Kaitano Tembo of late.

The ex-player has overseen the team collecting 13 out of the last 15 points, and that is his best ever 5-game run as United coach.

Pirates, meanwhile, have been struggling for goals. Gabadinho Mhango, so long the PSL top scorer will need his shooting boots on because they are facing a SuperSport side who have kept four clean sheets in their last five league games.

3 – The Pirates-SuperSport fixture is the third highest-scoring fixture in PSL history (111 goals).

With two goals on Saturday, this could become the second-highest scoring fixture in PSL history.

Highlands Park v Maritzburg

Highlands Park and Maritzburg United also meet in a Saturday lunchtime kick-off. Since they were promoted to the top-flight in 2016, Highlands Park have never lost to Maritzburg in the league, winning twice and drawing the other three games.

0 – Highlands Park and Maritzburg are both yet to register a win since the restart – Highlands

Park (Played 3 Drew 3) and Maritzburg (Played 3 Drew 2 Lost 1).

AmaZulu v Leopards

It’s a relegation six-pointer on Saturday afternoon as AmaZulu (15th) host Black Leopards (13th), with the two teams separated by one point. A win for either side could prove to be enough to secure 15th spot and safety from automatic relegation.

The need could be bigger for Leopards whose last two games are against 4th placed Wits and 2nd placed Sundowns.

0 – Besides the relegated Free State Stars and newly-promoted Stellenbosch, AmaZulu are the only side that have not beaten Leopards since they were promoted in 2018/19 (Drew 2 Lost 1).

Golden Arrows v Cape Town City

Golden Arrows host Cape Town City in the late Saturday kickoff. Despite losing to Stellenbosch, the ‘Citizens’ have been impressive in the restart, beating both Sundowns and Orlando Pirates.

Yet, the Golden Arrows fixture is one that has often troubled them in the past.

17% – Cape Town City have won just 17% of their league games against Golden Arrows since they came into the top-flight (1/7), their worst win rate compared to all the clubs they have faced.

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By Opta Jabu

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