STATS: SuperSport United set for 750th match

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SuperSport United and Kaizer Chiefs meet in a league game tonight, in what will be their 49th.meeting in the PSL era.

Gavin Hunt will hope his former club can do him a favour and offer temporary reprieve from the pain his new team has suffered in the early parts of this campaign. To say Chiefs have been in relegation form of late would sound like an affront, but their 15-game record is just that. Amakhosi have won 3, drawn 3 and lost 6, collecting just 15 points in half a season’s worth of games. This would project to a 30-point full season, the magical mark deemed just enough to stave off relegation. Something needs to change.

750 – The SuperSport v Chiefs encounter will be the 750th league game for SuperSport, making them the 4th side to reach the milestone.

This 750-game stat is made possible by the fact that SuperSport (like Sundowns, Chiefs and Pirates) have been ever-present PSL sides since 1996/97. Indeed, Chiefs’ 500th match was also played against SuperSport in April 2012, but lost 2-1 to Gavin Hunt’s SuperSport back
then.

They can not afford another defeat here.

6 – A loss for Chiefs today would result in their worst ever start at this stage of a PSL season, while a draw will equal their previous lowest 7 points from 7 games in 2009/10.

Some confidence can be taken from previous results against Matsatsantsa, where Chiefs have lost just two of the last ten league games in this fixture, winning three while the other five ended in a draw. The superstitious fan can also take hope in SuperSport’s rhythm in the
last nine games, which have alternated as follows: WIN, LOSE, WIN, LOSE, WIN, LOSE, WIN, LOSE, WIN. Will another defeat continue the pattern?

Their home form suggests otherwise. Amidst the inconsistency, SuperSport are currently on a run of four successive wins at home. They need just one more home win to equal their best run of home wins under Kaitano Tembo.

In fact, Tembo’s men have lost just one game at home since the start of last season, the fewest of all sides that have been in the top-flight in that time (Drew 6 Won 10). Bradley Grobler & co. have been key to that form.

32 – SuperSport have also scored 32 goals at home in the top-flight since the start of last season, more than any other PSL side.

Other matches

Sundowns v TS Galaxy

Sundowns host TS Galaxy on Tuesday night looking to cement their place at the top of the table. They are the league’s top scorers, with 13 goals from six games, including 10 goals in the last 4 games.

Last season, they had to wait until the 10th game to score their 13th league goal. Their opponents are the league’s lowest scorers, but boast a solid defence that has conceded more than one goal in a league match only once since the bio-bubble (Played 12).

1 – Sundowns have lost just one of the last ten matches against sides new to the top-flight since 2016, drawing three and winning the other six.

Stellenbosch v Cape Town City

Stellenbosch host Cape Town City in the Cape derby and will be banking on their relatively strong home record. After winning just one out of the first seven home games between August and January last season, they seemed to have turned a corner with their home form
since January.

1 – Stellies have lost just one of the last 10 games played at home in the league since January (Won 6 Drew 3), including six clean sheets. City have opened their season with a respectable four points from six on the road.

A win away to Stellenbosch would equal The Citizens’ number of away wins from last season, with just 3 away games played.

Swallows v Maritzburg

High-flying Swallows FC host troubled Maritzburg tonight knowing that a win could send them top of the league (should Sundowns lose to TS Galaxy). The two sides are experiencing polar opposite seasons so far, with Swallows enjoying the better time. 12 points won in their opening six league games is the joint-best total at this stage of a 30-game top-flight season for a newly promoted side, similar to Pretoria University in 2011/12. But for Maritzburg, their struggles will revoke some bad memories:

1 – One point from 6 games is the worst start to a PSL top-flight season since 2015/16, when the same side Maritzburg also had 1 point from 6 games.

By Opta Jabu

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