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MATCHDAY: Phala, Brockie & Co To Catch Maritzburg On The Counter?

MTN8 Preview - Maritzburg United v SuperSport United 9 September

By Kyle Smith - Sep 09, 2017 11:23 AM @KyleLaduma

Maritzburg United play host to SuperSport United in today’s MTN8 semi-final second leg at Harry Gwala Stadium and we take you through some key talking points ahead of the game.

You can follow the match LIVE in our Match Centre

The Team of Choice come into the game with an advantage over Eric Tinkler’s men, who were frustrated in their home game as Lebogang Maboe scored a vital away goal in the 1-1 draw on 26 August.

Surprisingly, the statistics indicate that Maritzburg were dominant on the night, completing more passes (309 to SuperSport’s 292 and keeping possession for most of the game (53.3%). They also took more shots (15 to SuperSport’s 11), while winning more balls (14 to 131) and winning an equal number of corners (five).

However, SuperSport were the better team in term of individual performances, with Keegan Ritchie making the most touches (72) and passes (59), Bradley Grobler taking the most shots (three) and Thuso Phala making the most shot assists (six) on the night.

It would appear that Maritzburg are a team that is greater than the sum of its parts under coach Fadlu David this season and perhaps the best example of this is the growing partnership between Evans Rusike, Lebogang Maboe and Siphesihle Ndlovu, who have all assisted or scored at least once so far this season, with Rusike scoring three goals and Maboe finding the net twice.

Ndlovu’s performances have not only been in that combination, however, as he won no fewer than 15 balls in the first leg, with only Siyanda Xulu and Pogiso Sanoka winning more balls throughout the game for the team.

For SuperSport, on the other hand, the focus will be on Jeremy Brockie, as he returns to action following his exclusion from the squad for the first leg. Himself, Thuso Phala, Aubrey Ngoma and Dove Wome have all been involved in the team’s four goals scored this season and the question comes down to which of them will make Eric Tinkler’s starting XI.

What is clear, however, is that SuperSport have been more comfortable without possession this season (with an average possession of 43.2%)and will be happy to sit back, absorb pressure and catch Maritzburg on the counter – Thuso Phala’s pace will be key to this, as was seen in the first leg where he scored the opening goal.

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There’s no doubt that this will be a tactical battle of note and it will all come down to who gets it right on the night. Two of South Africa’s up-and-coming coaches will have been preparing for weeks to book their place in this year’s final.

Who do you think will win today’s game?


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THE NK Sep 09, 2017 07:25 PM
Ok...!
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tharollo15 Sep 09, 2017 06:53 PM
I dnt see mr tanklers boys winning today it all go to de maritzburg team
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lurh yernder Sep 09, 2017 03:04 PM
Marisburg should not even think of parking the Bus cos thy ll allow Ss utd to attack Minute after minute #Go Marisburg Go
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lukzini Sep 09, 2017 02:12 PM
Maritzburg will easily win the game
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Jabulani0722 Sep 09, 2017 01:55 PM
ssu win 2-1
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Pl moloi Sep 09, 2017 01:50 PM
Davis win here
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setlaboswana Sep 09, 2017 01:46 PM
Yeah, Mzansi 's intelligent Coaches test each other this weekend.
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Hloni'mayeng2 Sep 09, 2017 01:42 PM
benni is the new mou...
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setlaboswana Sep 09, 2017 01:42 PM
@Coach T, I attribute Bafana Bafana 's dismal performance to lack of quality players, but we have been saying these things many times.
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setlaboswana Sep 09, 2017 01:33 PM
Prof Komphela can learn new tricks from Fadlu and Benni...I think he must take time and watch the new kids in the block do their things....this weekend.
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Coach T Sep 09, 2017 01:28 PM
No PSL games.. No wonder we suffer at qualifications 8weeks of break
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setlaboswana Sep 09, 2017 01:27 PM
Without fear of contradiction, I would have loved to see what Benni and Fadlu have to offer in the MTN8 finals.
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Vula sesani Sep 09, 2017 01:15 PM
While SSU beat a starfull poorates with 6-1
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Boris Becker Sep 09, 2017 01:14 PM
My Levante just scored.
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Boris Becker Sep 09, 2017 01:11 PM
Cowditor we are watching real football today the whole day maan. Don't tell us about these local cows. Tell this to DSTVless @Nhlpato maan not the great @Salimbana.
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MatlalaSPORT3000 Sep 09, 2017 01:07 PM
Counter attack vs counter attack =boring
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khosispeecho Sep 09, 2017 01:06 PM
My team is finished under any coach because of Bobstick.
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Nhlpato Sep 09, 2017 12:58 PM
Reminder SSU has been beating starless kaizer chimpanzees since 1980s
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Vhivha Sep 09, 2017 12:56 PM
@chiefs is useless Khune is 100 times better than Sandilands (u Masendegusha), Rowen Williams (Avuliwe Amasango) Slim Kat (Freeway) Onyango (The Donkey)
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Vhivha Sep 09, 2017 12:52 PM
@chiefs is useless by the way, SSU is the team that have beaten Pirates 10 -2 in two games, Pirates is Useless, hahahaha.....

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