The Absa Premiership rounds off its 2019 schedule this coming weekend, with a full round of eight matches lined up for the weekend.
A Wits and Cape Town City clash on Friday night will raise the curtain to the final weekend of the year, while Chiefs round off the action on Sunday afternoon, with many records in sight for Amakhosi.
The 544 league goals seen in the PSL in 2019 already represents the best annual return for the league in three seasons (502 last year and 505 in 2017), while the goals per game (2.29) is also the best of the last three years.
If at least 30 goals are scored in the final 8 games this weekend, 2019 will end the year with a goals per game ratio of 2.33, which would the best gpg ratio since 2013 (2.33).
Pirates Home Form to continue?
With a new coach at the helm, Orlando Pirates will be looking to start off Josef Zinnbauer’s tenure with a win as they take on Black Leopards at Orlando Stadium this Saturday.
The German has been trusted with turning around the Soweto giants’ fortunes, as the Rulani Mokwena experiment was brought to an end last week. The German inherits many things as Bucs coach, including a strong home form that has seen Pirates slowly build an incredible record in home matches. It’s a fortress that Leopards have to visit, themselves not having a great record away to the Sea Robbers.
19 – Pirates are currently on their longest unbeaten home run in the league in @OfficialPSL history. Bucs are now unbeaten in 19 consecutive home matches since a 1-0 loss to Wits in the #AbsaPrem in August 2018 (Won 10 Drew 9).
0 – Orlando Pirates are unbeaten at home in the league this season (W3 D3), a record they share only with Supersport.
10 – Black Leopards have not won in 10 visits to Pirates since 2001 (L8 D2), the longest that a team without a league win away to Pirates has currently had to wait for a win.
Chiefs looking to end the year on a high
Kaizer Chiefs will also be looking to set more records when they travel to Pietermaritzburg this weekend, including a PSL points total record held by just one other team. Amakhosi boast a strong record against Maritzburg, but will be well aware of what damage Tinkler and his men can do, having suffered a Telkom Knockout semi defeat against them recently.
1299 – Kaizer Chiefs need at least a draw against Maritzburg this weekend to reach 1300 points in the PSL and become just the second #AbsaPrem side to do so (behind Sundowns 1319).
12 – A win will equal 12 wins for Middendorp’s troops, this would be the highest number of wins that a Chiefs side have had in the first half of a PSL season.
1 – Maritzburg have won just one of the last 14 #AbsaPrem fixtures against Kaizer Chiefs since 2012 (Drew 5 & Lost 8).
Sundowns v Polokwane
10 – Sundowns have already won more #AbsaPrem home games in the 2019 calendar year (10) than they did in the 2018 (6) & 2017 calendar years (7). A win against Polokwane City will equal their calendar year home record for a 30-game PSL season (11).
8 – Polokwane are on an 8-game winless run in #AbsaPrem matches, the longest run of consecutive league defeats for them in their top-flight history.
Bonus stats: Other matches
Wits v Celtic
0 – Since joining the #AbsaPrem in 2016, Cape Town City have won more away matches against Wits (3 out of 3) than they have against any other opponent in the PSL.
Chippa v Supersport
4 – Chippa have conceded just 4 goals at home, the lowest of all PSL sides. Their average 0.5 goals conceded per game home is also the best of all sides.
Baroka v Stellenbosch
2 – Stellenbosch have won just 2 of 14 games this season. Only 4 newly-promoted sides in the PSL era have won less games at the half-way stage of a 30-game season.
Highlands Park v Golden Arrows
75% – Golden Arrows have a 75% win rate in league matches against Highlands Park since the Lions of the North were first promotion at the end of 2015/16 season (won 3 out of 4). Only Chiefs (80%) have won a higher proportion of matches against Highlands Park.
Celtic v Amazulu
10 – AmaZulu have lost ten away matches in the #AbsaPrem in 2019, more than any other PSL team. A loss away to Celtic will set a new record for away losses in a calendar year for them.
By Opta Jabu