Kaizer Chiefs have not beaten Orlando Pirates during ordinary time in their last 13 meetings, but perhaps have their best chance in years against a limping Pirates side that will be without inspirational captain Happy Jele.
Here are five key facts for each side going into Saturday’s encounter:
- Chiefs have lost just once in 12 matches in all competitions this season – a surprise 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Polokwane City in September. In the other 11 games they have eight wins and three draws.
- In Absa Premiership matches this year, Chiefs have scored an incredible 43.8% of their 16 goals in the last 15 minutes of matches. That is almost half and shows what strong finishers they are. Another 25% have come in the opening 15 minutes!
- But also in the league, only five of Chiefs’ 16 goals have come at home, the rest have all been scored on their travels.
- That being said, Chiefs have only failed to score in one of their 10 league games this season – the defeat to Polokwane City.
- Chiefs have kept six clean sheets in their 10 league games, with only five goals conceded.
- Pirates have used an astonishing 29 different players in their 10 Absa Premiership matches to date this season. No player has featured in every game.
- Pirates have played 15 games in all competitions and won four, to go with six draws and five defeats.
- Pirates are most dangerous in the league just after halftime, with 50% of their 12 league goals coming between 45-60 minutes. They have only scored two goals in the first half all campaign!
- In five away games in the league this season, Pirates have lost three. They also have a draw and a defeat.
Meanwhile Judas Moseamedi scored a stoppage-time equaliser for Maritzburg United in a 2-2 draw with Bloemfontein Celtic at Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg last night and Supersport United's Sipho Mbule scored a late goal to give his team a 1-0 win over Bidvest Wits.