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Downs Lead Top 5 As The Kings Of Possession

Sundowns Top Possession Charts

By Soccer Laduma - Sep 23, 2017 09:03 AM

Mamelodi Sundowns have been the most efficient team, so far, this season, in terms of keeping hold of the ball in the Absa Premiership.

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Click through the images above to see the top five average possession figures for teams in the PSL.

Possession in football games is arguably considered an indication of dominance, giving teams the ability to take control of the game and attack the opposition’s goal, and Pitso Mosimane’s team have been the best in that regard at this point in the 2017/18 season at this stage.

To date, the Brazilians have held possession for 58.9% of their three league games against SuperSport United, Polokwane City and Free State Stars, with possession-based football being a key factor in their recent dominance on the pitch over the past few years under Mosimane. However, with the team currently eighth on the log, it also shows that possession doesn’t count for everything.

Second in terms of average possession this season are the struggling champions, Bidvest Wits, who have kept 56.7 % of possession in their five games to date, but have yet to win a single game thus far and occupy 15th place.

Chippa United, who have adopted a possession-based style in recent seasons under the now-departed Dan Malesela, have also been efficient at retaining possession with an average figure of 56.3%, while Ajax Cape Town are fourth, having kept possession for 56% of their four games so far, while SuperSport United round of the top five with an average possession figure of 50.7%.

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Interestingly, the early pace setters in the league, the current top four, Golden Arrows, Baroka FC, Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City, have all recorded possession figures below 50%. This could be an early sound that counter-attacking football has become the most efficient approach to collecting results in the PSL this season.

Do you think that possession is a decisive factor when it comes to winning games? 


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fisto vs zebraditor Joined: 18 Oct 2016
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fisto vs zebraditor Sep 23, 2017 07:35 PM
That is a Sundowns culture and no team can play football like Sundowns
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Soccer boss Sep 23, 2017 04:00 PM
The truth is no team in the PSL that can play football like Sundowns, Chippa united have been trying that style of Sundowns but they failed,because if thing is not yours just leave it,Sundowns know how play that game and get good result out of their beautiful display, and in our football history, Sundowns are the only team that have style of playing, and it's known as shoooshine and piano, we all know that,this is just a reminder, so nocking the ball around nicely and get good results, is only Sundowns culture no one else
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roxion Sep 23, 2017 03:50 PM
And that possession made them reach finals of Mtn 8 kkkkkl.
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roxion Sep 23, 2017 03:48 PM
Three points matters most to Bucs this season.
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setlaboswana Sep 23, 2017 11:07 AM
@Powerade_101, what is the problem in analysing the area of competence on the part of the Best Team on African soil?
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setlaboswana Sep 23, 2017 11:02 AM
If the league title was won on that basis, Downs would have been league champions season in and season out.
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fandangos Sep 23, 2017 10:56 AM
rats n chiefs prefer attacking football njalo,,,,thy dnt tyk 3min keeping ball in their halfs like abo dunuza so
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Powerade_101 Sep 23, 2017 10:23 AM
SL has some of the stupidiest editors.
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Siya-Crew Rebound Sep 23, 2017 09:56 AM
Even a chicken knows that
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FlyingBucs Sep 23, 2017 09:54 AM
Pirates will surpass that lame stats whn Sami Sagweni returns
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simbaaron Sep 23, 2017 09:47 AM
Isn't the number of games played by Downs(3) compared to other teams (5) the reason why we are sitting at No8 & not possession. Gets your facts straight Editor.Good Lucky @masandawana on our African journey tonight #KaboYello
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Sir Zet Sep 23, 2017 09:41 AM
It's the Brazilians Baby, what do u expect?
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PONSAH Sep 23, 2017 09:28 AM
ubulungwe benkunzi ke lobu (bull sheeeeet)
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MTLALPULA Sep 23, 2017 09:23 AM
Yes my editorin fact Downs is No 1 in Africa and No 2 in the world behind Barcelona that's why we dominate that's why we are night mare within African borders....
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mathamnandi kwabawadlayo Sep 23, 2017 09:21 AM
Ngamanga lawa
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indidanee Sep 23, 2017 09:16 AM
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