The first two PSL weekends have seen contrasting fortunes in terms of goals. In the MTN8 weekend, all eight teams scored, and we were hoping that scoring form would continue into the league.
However, even before the two goalless draws on Tuesday, the opening league weekend was a bit disappointing. A team like SuperSport will be happy to have kept a clean sheet away from home (only their 2nd against Cape Town City in eleven games), but the majority of the teams would be disappointed in failing to trouble the scorers.
12 – There were 12 goals scored in the opening DSTV Prem weekend, the fewest since 2017/18 (11 goals).
One of the teams that would have been disappointed is AmaZulu. There is still a school of thought that believes Benni McCarthy should not have been Coach of the Season in a campaign where he did not win the title.
And as long as AmaZulu continues to struggle, the enrolments at that school of thought will only keep on going up. Winning that award without lifting a title is not as outrageous as it sounds –
it has happened on a few occasions in other top leagues. Yet, it also piles on the pressure for you to live up to high expectations.
1 – AmaZulu have won just one of their last six games in all competitions (W1 D1 L4 going back to the end of last season). Losing 1-0 to Sundowns via a penalty should never be a nail in any coach’s coffin, but when it comes after getting knocked out of the MTN8, eyebrows will be raised.
With one week left in the transfer window, the opportunity for finding much-needed cover is closing fast. 11 players were ill in the camp recently, and one wonders how much depth Benni has and if that is enough to make inroads both locally and internationally.
There will be five games in two weeks (including a trip to Malawi) after the international break that could be a better measure of how deep his resources are.
540 – Usuthu have scored one open-play goal in the last 540 minutes of football (including one penalty).
Chiefs v Baroka
Stuart Baxter will be looking for his first win in his second spell at Chiefs when they host Baroka on Wednesday afternoon.
2 – Since Baroka’s promotion in 2016, only Sundowns (3) have won more games away to Kaizer Chiefs than Baroka (2, alongside five other clubs).
Maritzburg v Sekhukhune
Ernst Middendorp will be hoping to bounce back from the opening day derby defeat when his side host Sekhukhune this Wednesday.
7 – Maritzburg are unbeaten in 7 home games since February 2020, winning three and drawing the other four.
Royal AM v CT City
Cape Town City return to Durban, where they won their MTN8 quarter final just over a week ago.
1 – Since joining the top-flight in 2016, Cape Town City have won just one of their nine away games against new and newly promoted sides, drawing two and losing the other six.
Stellenbosch v TS Galaxy
4 – Stellenbosch are one of four teams that TS Galaxy failed to score against last season, alongside Sundowns, Chiefs and SuperSport.
By Opta Jabu