The third round of PSL league fixtures is taking place this week, with a full house of eight matches being played since Tuesday.
Although every team has scored at least once, some teams are still looking for their maiden wins of the season. On Tuesday, Chippa United got their first win, a 3-1 victory over Maritzburg United, further piling on the pressure on Eric Tinkler and his men.
10 – Maritzburg have now gone 10 matches without a win in all competitions (D3 L7), their worst run of form since 2018/19, a season they finished 15th in the league.
We ran through some numbers for the Wednesday fixtures, starting with the match of the week in Cape Town.
Cape Town City v Sundowns
The two sides were knocked out of the MTN8 quarter-finals, before bouncing back with a win and a draw each, in their opening two league games. Returning to the Mother City, The Blue and Gold Army will be confident they can continue their home form ahead of the clash.
0 – Cape Town are one of only two sides who are unbeaten in home matches in the league this year, alongside Bloem Celtic.
In addition, their confidence will also be boosted by the recent history between the two sides. If there is one side that they have enjoyed playing against since they came into the upper division, it has been Sundowns.
5 – Since joining the topflight in 2016, there is no team that Cape Town City has beaten more than Sundowns in the league (5, joint with Chippa).
That said, the defending champions will always be tough to beat. They are the only team yet to concede a goal in the league this season, and their away results over the last year should be enough reason for optimism. Downs have scored twice as many league goals away from home (18), as they have at home (9) since the start of the year, and no side has a better record in away matches.
20 – Sundowns have won more points in away matches this year than any other side (P10 W6 D2 L2; 20 points from 10 games).
Bloem Celtic v Orlando Pirates
Celtic host Pirates, also looking to protect their unbeaten home record in 2020. John Maduka’s side has already beaten Sundowns at home this season, and another positive result against a rejuvenated Pirates isn’t too far off the imagination.
1 – Pirates have won just once in 12 visits to Celtic in the league, drawing six and losing five since 2009.
AmaZulu v Black Leopards
AmaZulu’s opening day draw against Pirates was followed up by a disappointing loss to TS Galaxy, leaving Usuthu as one of five sides yet to win a game in any competition this season. If there is any game you would have chosen to get a first win of the season, it would be hosting Leopards.
3 – Since Leopards were promoted at the end of the 2017/18 season, they have only won 3 away games in the league, drawing seven and losing 21.
Two of the three victories were in KZN.
Kaizer Chiefs v TS Galaxy
In one of the biggest shocks of recent times, TS Galaxy beat Chiefs 1-0 in the 2019 Nedbank Cup final. They became the first non-top flight side to beat a top flight side in a major domestic final, so Chiefs will have added incentive to get their revenge early on in the season. While Chiefs have scored more than one goal only once in their last 15 league matches, their record against sides new to the league (promoted and otherwise) is solid, even if not spectacular.
1 – Chiefs have lost just one of the last 14 games they have played against a side new to the topflight, drawing eight and winning the other five.
TTM v Moroka Swallows
A league-newbies clash sees Swallows FC host TTM tonight. The two sides have met in the last two seasons, and shared two wins apiece.
4 – Swallows and TTM have met 4 times since the start of 2018/19, with both sides scoring four goals and conceding four goals against each other.
SuperSport United v Stellenbosch
An MTN8 quarter-final win and opening day league win have been followed by a defeat and a draw for SuperSport, so they’ll be hoping to rediscover their winning ways when they host Stellenbosch.
19 – SuperSport have scored 19 league goals this year, more than any other topflight side. They are also one of two sides to score in every home league game this year.
Baroka v Golden Arrows
The surprise team of the season so far hosts Golden Arrows looking for their 3rd win of the new campaign. Top of the table currently, Baroka haven’t won 3 league games in a row since September 2017, and a win tonight will equal that record, their best ever run as a top-flight side.
0 – Golden Arrows have won just two of their last 28 games away from home that were also not played in KZN. Both wins came against Baroka.
By Opta Jabu