The 80th game of the PSL season sees the top-flight reach the one-third mark on Saturday afternoon.
1 and 2 clash in the first game of the afternoon as SuperSport United host Mamelodi Sundowns in a top-of-the table clash.
The two sides have started the season like runaway trains, and it is too early to mark this as a title decider, but the result could prove significant in what is shaping up to be a tightly fought season. And while the games are coming thick and fast in the PSL, so are the goals.
189 – There were 189 goals scored in the first 79 DSTV Premiership games this season, the highest total at this stage since 2011/12 (193), and the third highest in the 30-game PSL era (190 in 2002/03).
Sundowns have really dominated this fixture in recent years. Of the 14 league games played in the last seven years, Downs have won 11, drawn 2 and lost just once. Only against Bloemfontein Celtic (25) have Masandawana won more league games than they have against SuperSport (24).
SuperSport on the verge of two records
The fixture has not favoured them in this fixture recently, but SuperSport will be banking on their home form to see them past their cross-city rivals. Already, the 22 points they have won at the 10-game mark is the second best return at that stage for a Supersport side in the PSL era.
If SuperSport are mounting a title challenge this term, a visit from the champions is the litmus test of those credentials.
0 – SuperSport are unbeaten in 10 home games in the league, just one shy of their longest ever unbeaten home run in the PSL home league games (11 in 2011 and 2017).
They are also about to set a new record of scoring in successive home games, having found the net in 15 home games in a row. Their record is 16.
Grobler has never scored against Sundowns
The teams occupy the top two positions deservedly. Sundowns boast the meanest defence (only 5 goals conceded), and they currently share the top scorers tag with SuperSport (19 each). SuperSport have scored in every league game this season, whereas Sundowns have failed to score only once. The two top scoring teams clashing is in sync with the high scoring nature of the fixture.
118 – The SuperSport-Sundowns league fixture has seen 118 goals scored in the PSL, more than any other fixture in the history of the competition.
Bradley Grobler is the talk of the town, as he recently set a record as SuperSport’s all time top scorer with 58 goals. The in-form striker has actually scored 84 goals in PSL and CAF competitions in his career, and 92 goals if you include national team and European club goals.
He is only the second player in PSL history to score 10+ goals in the opening 10 games of a league season for his club, following Chris Katongo, who scored 10 in 10 for Jomo Cosmos in 2006. Grobler is also on a six game scoring run, his best goalscoring run in his PSL career. Yet, one thing has continuously eluded him:
0 – Grobler is yet to score a goal in twelve matches played against Sundowns, the longest he has gone without scoring against a single opponent.
Cape Town City v Kaizer Chiefs
8 – Jan Olde Riekerink is the first Cape Town City coach to go on a run of 8 consecutive league games without a clean sheet.
Black Leopards v Pirates
0 – Pirates are unbeaten in thirteen away matches played in the Limpopo province (W7 D6 v Baroka, Polokwane, TTM and Black Leopards), dropping just two points out of 21 since the start of 2018/19.
Bloemfontein Celtic v Stellenbosch
0 – Celtic have lost just one of their last 13 league games played at home, winning six and drawing the other six.
Golden Arrows v TTM
10 – This is the first time that Golden Arrows have found the net in all ten of their opening ten PSL league games.
Baroka v Swallows FC
1 – Swallows FC are the first newly-promoted side to start a new top-flight season without defeat in their first ten league games.
AmaZulu v Maritzburg
1 – AmaZulu have won just one of the last ten KZN derby league matches (v Maritzburg & Arrows), drawing four and losing the other five.
By Opta Jabu