The PSL weekend kicked off on Friday, as Maritzburg hosted Polokwane City at Harry Gwala Stadium last night.
Maritzburg’s 1-0 win meant that The Team of Choice has now gone 20 games unbeaten on Fridays at home since September 2017, proving once again how hard it has become for teams to win away at Maritzburg, especially on Friday.
The result also meant they have kept more clean sheets than any other PSL side this season (12). In addition, Tinkler’s men set a record in that this is the first time that Maritzburg have won four successive league games in the PSL era.
Golden Arrows v Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates will also be on the road to KZN this weekend, but fortunately not to Pietermaritzburg. The Buccaneers are looking to bounce back from their Soweto derby
defeat at the hands of Chiefs when they visit Golden Arrows this Saturday. The numbers
show that they have been fond of playing at Arrows over the last decade and this will be their ninth visit since 2010.
They’ve only lost once in all those visits, winning the other seven.
8 – Pirates have scored at least one goal in each of the eight matches they’ve played at Arrows since 2010, the longest consecutive scoring run against any away PSL opponent they’ve enjoyed this past decade.
20 – Pirates have beaten Arrows on 20 occasions in the PSL era. The only sides they’ve
beaten on more occasions are Celtic and Ajax (both 21).
10 – Orlando Pirates have won 10 points away from home in the 2020 calendar year, more
than any other top-flight side.
That being said, this will not be an easy game as Steve Komphela’s men have proven to be a daunting place to visit, especially for the top sides. Of all the sides currently in the league’s
Top 5, three of them have returned home empty handed after visiting Arrows this season – Sundowns lost 3-2, while Supersport and Maritzburg both lost 1-0. The only exception is
Kaizer Chiefs, but even they needed an injury time winner to secure all three points.
68% – Golden Arrows have won 68% of their points from home matches this season. Only
Leopards (75%) and Highlands Park (71%) have won a higher proportion of points at home.
67% – Golden Arrows have scored 67% of their goals in home matches this season, the
second highest ratio in the league (Supersport 69%).
Kaizer Chiefs v AmaZulu
While Pirates visit KZN, Kaizer Chiefs will do the reverse and host a KZN side when
AmaZulu play the Glamour boys on Saturday night. It’s a Top versus Bottom clash, as
league leaders Chiefs host AmaZulu, who are rooted at the bottom of the table. With just 13
goals in 23 games, AmaZulu’s over dependence on Bongi Ntuli’s goals is starting to show. In
fact, AmaZulu’s goals have come from just three different scorers, the fewest of all PSL
0 – No player in PSL history has scored a higher proportion of his teams’ goals in a full
season than Bongi Ntuli has for AmaZulu this season (85%).
Goalscoring, on the other hand, is the least of Chiefs problems – goal scoring records are.
They have scored in 20 of their 21 league games so far and will set a new league record
should they score in eight of their remaining nine games (28 from 30). Only three sides have
scored in 27 out of 30 games (Supersport 02/03, Sundowns 10/11, Swallows 12/13), while
only three sides scored in 31 out of 34 games (Chiefs 97/98 & 98/99, Pirates 00/01). Ernst
Middendorp will be optimistic for victory tonight, given that:
22 – Chiefs have won 22 matches against AmaZulu since 1996, the joint highest number of wins they enjoy against a single opponent in the PSL era (22 also against three other sides).
22 – AmaZulu have lost 22 ties in the league against Chiefs. Only Sundowns (23) have
beaten them on more occasions.
Having said that, AmaZulu will also be aware that the last time they beat Chiefs in the
league, Ernst Middendorp was in charge of Chiefs (March 2007). Whether that is enough
motivation for a shock victory will be seen.
Baroka v Leopards
2 – Leopards have won just 2 of their last 34 league games away from home (D8 L24). This
streak covers the 2012/13 season and the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons.
Wits v Chippa
1 – Since 2013, Chippa have won just one of the 8 games they’ve played away to Wits in all
competitions (W3 D4).
By Opta Jabu