Polokwane v Kaizer Chiefs
On 14 September 2019, Polokwane City visited Johannesburg to face Kaizer Chiefs in an early-season league encounter. Jabu Maluleke’s penalty goal earned them a 1-0 victory, sending the Polokwane outfit joint-top of the table with Chiefs. He became the oldest player to score a league goal in the top-flight this season. A week later, they won their next game and spent the next three days at the top of the Absa Premiership table. But the two teams have taken different directions over the last 12 months.
39 – Since Chiefs lost 1-0 to Polokwane in September, they’ve gone on to earn 39 points in the league – the most of all sides. In the same period of time, Polokwane City have won only 13 points, the fewest of all teams.
Their divergent paths since then have led them to different destinations – Chiefs are top of the league, and have been since Heritage Day last year, involved in the race for the title. On the other hand, Polokwane City are three points off the bottom & could be last by the end of the weekend, if results go against them.
The 1-0 win in September last year was typical of this fixture. Of the 13 league matches they’ve played against Chiefs, Polokwane City have scored more than one goal on only one occasion. Even those two goals came in a 2-3 defeat. But recent clashes paint a slightly different story:
7 – Since the start of last season, Polokwane have won 7 points against Chiefs (Played 3 Won 2, Drew 1). Only against Black Leopards (10) has Polokwane won more points in that time.
While Middendorp had some interesting comments about playing at Orlando Stadium during the week, he will be furtively pleased that Chiefs are not travelling up north of the country for this fixture.
1 – Chiefs have won just one of their last ten games played away to Baroka, Polokwane City and Black Leopards (Drew 8 Lost 1). This record goes all the way back to Stuart Baxter’s days. Will playing in the bubble be a benefit?
AmaZulu v Baroka
23 – Baroka (13th) face AmaZulu (15th) and they are both on 23 points in the league. Only Leopards (20) at the root of the table have less.
Stellenbosch v Arrows
2- Steve Komphela has beaten only two teams in away games (Braoka twice & AmaZulu) since his first game in charge of Golden Arrows in January 2019.
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By Opta Jabu