STATS: PSL Super Saturday

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Super Saturday – that’s what it has all come down to.

399 days after the first ball was kicked, the final sets of 90 minutes will be held on Saturday in the biologically safe environment. The marathon party is finally coming to an end.

Golden Boots, Golden Gloves, CAF, Top 8 and top-flight spots are still up for grabs, plus the small matter of deciding the champions. The top-flight champions have been decided in the final Gameweek seven times in the PSL era.

In title races they were involved in on the last day, Sundowns won 100% (Won 3 Lost 0) and Chiefs have won 50% (Won 1 Lost 1). Although Sundowns have a 100% record at the death, this will be the first time that they are the “chasing” team.

3 – The number of seasons where the league was decided on goal difference – 1998/99, 2008/09 and 2010/11.

AmaZulu v Highlands Park

Highlands Park have won 9 games in the league this season, and need just one more win to beat their best ever top-flight haul for wins. That 10th win would also get them a Top8 spot. A Peter Shalulile Golden Boot (he is tied on 15 currently) would be the icing on the cake.

10 – Shalulile’s goal against Cape Town City means he has now scored against 10 different sides this season, the joint-most of all players (Kermit Erasmus also 10).

AmaZulu (currently 13th): Highest possible finish 12th, Lowest possible finish 15th.

Highlands Park (currently 8th): Highest possible finish 7th, Lowest possible finish 10th.

Bloem Celtic v Maritzburg United

Two teams with contrasting fortunes meet at Tuks Stadium. Celtic are yet to lose a game in the bio-bubble, while Maritzburg are still in search of their first win.

12 – Celtic and Maritzburg have drawn 12 games each in the league throughout the season, the most of all top-flight sides.

Celtic (9th): Highest possible finish 7th, Lowest possible finish 11th.

Maritzburg (6th): Highest possible finish 6th, Lowest possible finish 7th.

Bidvest Wits v Polokwane City

Goodbye to Wits could also be Goodbye to Polokwane City as the two teams meet at the FNB stadium. Whatever the result, this will “probably end in tears”. Polokwane City need a win and a Baroka loss if they are to avoid automatic relegation, in the process getting an 8-goal swing go their way. For Wits, it’s the final game as a club after 99 years of existence.

50% – Gavin Hunt has won 104 of the 209 league games he has overseen at Wits. A win here and he will end his Wits career with an exact 50% win rate in the league.

Wits (5th): Highest possible finish 3rd, Lowest possible finish 5th.

Polokwane (16th): Highest possible finish 15th, Lowest possible finish 16th.

Chippa United v Golden Arrows

Chippa are still not 100% safe from finishing 15th and joining the top-flight playoffs. They need just a draw to secure top-flight status, and meet a Golden Arrows side that has been out of sorts in the bubble. Arrows are bottom of the bio-bubble mini-table, with no wins, just two points and no goals from open-play.

1 – Since Steve Komphela joined the club in December 2018, Golden Arrows have beaten just one team (Baroka) in league games not played in KZN (Drew 10 Lost 8).

Chippa (12th): Highest possible finish 11th, Lowest possible finish 15th.

Golden Arrows (11th): Highest possible finish 9th, Lowest possible finish 12th.

Mamelodi Sundowns v Black Leopards

Although the 2018/19 title was also decided on the last day, the margins are even closer for the 2019/20 title. Once again, Sundowns go into the final day still in sight of the championship and will be hoping for a high-scoring win to secure a 10th PSL title. Although they are the chasing team, their mission looks simpler given their record against Leopards.

100% – Pitso Mosimane has overseen five wins in five league games against Black Leopards, his best 100% record against a single club in the country as Sundowns coach.

Sundowns (2nd): Highest possible finish 1st, Lowest possible finish 2nd.

Leopards (14th): Highest possible finish 12th, Lowest possible finish 15th.

Cape Town City v SuperSport United

If the league matches played in bio-bubble were a knockout tournament, this would probably be the final. Both sides have been the most impressive since the league restarted, and both sides average exactly 2 points per game, the best ratio of all sides. Kaitano Tembo’s men will be wary about this one thing though.

0 – Under Kaitano Tembo, SuperSport have never beaten Cape Town City, losing three and drawing three in all competitions. They have also failed to score in five of the six matches against The Citizens.

Cape Town City (7th): Highest possible finish 6th, Lowest possible finish 10th.

SuperSport (3rd): Highest possible finish 3rd, Lowest possible finish 5th.

Baroka v Kaizer Chiefs

Chiefs have been on top of the league without interruption since 24 September 2019. They could be dethroned today if they fail to match Sundowns result. Even a win may not be enough for the title, if Sundowns make up a goal difference currently at -3.

1 – In Ernst Middendorp’s second spell at the club, Chiefs have scored just one goal against Baroka (Played 2), their lowest total against any current top-flight opponent.

Baroka: Highest possible finish 12th, Lowest possible finish 16th.

Chiefs: Highest possible finish 1st, Lowest possible finish 2nd.

Orlando Pirates v Stellenbosch

Pirates come face to face with a Stellenbosch side that has already beaten them once this season. Stellies have been loving the bio-bubble and sit in the Top 5 on the bio-bubble mini-table.

1.80 – Stellenbosch have won 1.8 points per game since the restart, only Cape Town City and Supersport (2.0 ppg) have a better record.

Pirates (4th): Highest possible finish 3rd, Lowest possible finish 5th.

Stellenbosch (10th): Highest possible finish 7th, Lowest possible finish 11th.

We also anticipate the 500th league goal of the season to be scored this weekend, if we see at least 10 goals.

500 – There have been 490 goals scored in the league this season, equalling the joint-lowest total for a 30-game PSL season (490 in 2017/18). Only two seasons in PSL history have seen less than 500 goals.

By Opta Jabu

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