STATS: Tshwane Derby looms

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Mamelodi Sundowns suffered a rather chastening defeat away to Orlando Pirates during the week, which brought a 12-match unbeaten run to an end.

There is little time to regroup as the
games are coming thick and fast.

Four days later, they travel to SuperSport United for the Tshwane Derby. It is a much shorter trip than the one to Orlando, but it will certainly not be any easier.

One positive for Masandawana ahead of this game is that their nearest rivals Kaizer Chiefs
(draw) and Wits (loss) dropped points on the road on Saturday.

Pitso Mosimane’s Downs team has to regroup.

This seems like one of those opportunities Sundowns must take if they are to remain in the title contention come season end. Their previous results against SuperSport will give them the confidence that they can:

7 – Sundowns have not lost away to SuperSport since a 1-0 defeat in March 2013, almost seven years ago (Won 5 Drew 2 in all competitions since then).

23 – SuperSport have lost more games against Sundowns in the PSL era than they have against any other opponent (23).

SuperSport United have not done well against Sundowns over the years.

SuperSport, however, will not be pushovers, a side currently in the Top 4, knowing that a victory will move them above Sundowns to second on the table. Kaitano Tembo’s men also knocked
out Masandawana over two legs in the MTN8 tournament they later went on to win earlier in the season. That will be fresh in the memory for both sides. They will have to dig deep though, given that:

2018 – Sundowns haven’t suffered back-to-back league defeats since January 2018, the longest period of time without successive league defeats of all PSL teams.

Polokwane v Golden Arrows

Polokwane City host Golden Arrows on Sunday seeking to move off the bottom of the table.
16th position is what one gets when they lose 11 out of 12 league games. Yet, things are so
tight at the bottom that a win on Saturday would lift them up to 12th.

This is one of the best chances they will get for that crucial home victory, as they host one of
the worst sides on the road. Like the other life lessons he seems to have figured out and
freely shares on social media, Arrows coach Steve Komphela will have to crack the away game code soon.

Otherwise, his team will get caught up in this tight relegation battle.

2 – Golden Arrows have won just two league matches played away from home since Steve
Komphela took over in December 2018 (D7 L7). No PSL side has won less in that time.

Bloemfontein Celtic vs Chippa Utd

30 – A win for celtic will give them 30 points from 19 games, resulting in their joint-best points return at this stage of a 30-game PSL season (30 also in 2009/10).

1 – Celtic have lost just once in the six matches they have played at home against Chippa
since Chippa joined the PSL in 2014 (Won 4 Drew 1).

By Opta Jabu

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