Ten years ago, Maritzburg United hosted Jomo Cosmos in the first PSL match of the 2010s decade, a match that ended in a 0-0 draw.
On Friday, Maritzburg host Golden Arrows in the first PSL match of the 2020s decade, a match The Team of Choice won 2-1.
For the rest of the Absa Premiership matches this weekend, we’ve crunched the numbers and brought you some stats ahead of this weekend’s full round of games.
Saturday, January 4
Bloemfontein Celtic v Orlando Pirates
Pirates travel to Celtic looking to build on their three-match unbeaten run. They have not
gone four league matches without a loss at any point this season. Yet, getting that record will
not be an easy task, given their record away to Celtic and away form that is one of the worst
in the league.
5 – Pirates have won just 5 points away from home in the #AbsaPrem, the joint-lowest of all
PSL sides. 5 away points at this stage of a season is also their worst away start since 2006.
10% – Pirates have a 10% win rate away to Celtic in the last decade (P10 W1 D4 L5), the
lowest win rate they have against any #AbsaPrem opponent they have played more than three times in that period (10% also against Chiefs).
Polokwane v Chippa
Polokwane host a resurgent Chippa United on Saturday afternoon looking to break a 9-game
losing streak. They will have to work very hard to break down a Chippa defence that has kept
5 successive clean sheets.
5 – Chippa are unbeaten in their last 5 games (including 5 clean sheets). No PSL side has
won more points in their last 5 games than their 13 points (Chiefs also 13).
9 – Polokwane are on a run of nine league losses in a row, the longest run of successive
league defeats in a single season by a PSL side since Black Aces lost nine in a row in
2010/11. No team has lost 10 in a row in a single 30-game season in the PSL.
SuperSport v Kaizer Chiefs
Kaizer Chiefs will be facing a Tshwane side (Supersport or Sundowns) in their first
#AbsaPrem game of the New Year for the 10th time in 15 years. Their record vs Supersport
or Sundowns when playing the Tshwane sides in their first match of a calendar year is quite
good (Played 9 Won 4 Drew 3 Lost 2). Indeed, Amakhosi’s overall record in the first game of
a New Year is also decent, as they have lost just once in the first game of the year this past
decade (Won 3 Drew 6).
38 – A win for Chiefs will mean they’ll have set a new record for a points total at the halfway
stage of a 30-game PSL season (38 points). The record is currently held by Stuart Baxter’s
2014/15 Chiefs side (37 points in 15 games).
17 – Kaizer Chiefs have suffered 17 defeats to Supersport since 1996/97, the most they have
suffered against a single opponent in the PSL era.
AmaZulu v Sundowns
Sundowns visit AmaZulu in the late Saturday kickoff with the knowledge that a win will keep
the pressure on Chiefs at the top of the table. They could find themselves 10 points behind
at kickoff should Chiefs win against Supersport on Saturday afternoon. The seven point lead
that Chiefs enjoy over Sundowns is the second highest lead by a PSL side at New Year in
the 30-game PSL era (Chiefs led by 13 points in 2014/15).
And while AmaZulu have never beaten Sundowns at home (Drew 5 lost 11 since 1996), the Brazilians have a record of
starting their years slowly.
7 – Sundowns have won just 7 of the 23 games they have played as their first match of a
45.8% – Sundowns have won just 45.8% of their PSL league games played in the month of
January. Their January win rate is the worst of all months in a calendar year.
Stellenbosch vs Wits
3 – Under Gavin Hunt, Wits have lost just 3 of the 21 matches they’ve played against newly
promoted teams in the #AbsaPrem (Won 14 Drew 4).
Sunday, January 5
Cape Town City v Baroka
0 – Since joining the #AbsaPrem in 2016, Cape Town City have never won a home match
against Baroka. Wits are the only other team Cape Town City have never beaten at home.
Highlands Park v Leopards
2 – Leopards won just two games away from home since the start of last season, the fewest
of all PSL sides that have played both last season and thile current one.
By Opta Jabu