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Advantage Chiefs: The Numbers Behind The Soweto Derby

What Changes Can We Expect In The Bucs Dugout?

By Kyle Smith - Jul 29, 2017 09:01 AM @KyleLaduma

Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs square off in the latest edition of the Soweto Derby today and we take a look at some of the key talking points.

Pirates' Starting XI For Soweto Derby Announced

Today’s game will get underway in the FNB stadium with the clubs’ fans gearing up for the upcoming season and eager to get a look at how their teams will start to take shape.

Chiefs' Starting XI For Soweto Derby Announced

Recent form (Absa Premiership):

Kaizer Chiefs – WLLDD

Orlando Pirates – LDDLL

Both teams ended last season’s Absa Premiership off on a disappointing note, but Amakhosi will take consolation from the fact that they concluded their season with a win over the league champions, Bidvest Wits, in front of their own fans.

Goals scored/conceded (2016/17)

Kaizer Chiefs - 39/28

Orlando Pirates – 29/40

Chiefs ranked fifth in the league in terms of goals scored, but had one of the best defences, finishing third in the league charts last season. Finishing in 10th place and 13th for goals scored and conceded, respectively, Pirates will be hoping to rectify their faults at either end of the pitch last season. However, Pirates’ attack was not short of opportunities, having taken the sixth most shots per game (12.9), while Chiefs were far behind in 11th place in that regard, with just 11.7 shots per game.

The midfield battle

Both Soweto giants were relatively even when it came to passing and boasted relatively strong midfielders going forward, with 467.2 passes per match and 454.6 passes per game for Chiefs and Pirates, respectively. They finished third and fourth, respectively on the league charts in that regard.

Where could the goals come from?

It was Siphiwe Tshabalala and Tendai Ndoro who scored the most goals for their respective club last season, with the dreadlocked maestro finding the back of the net on seven occasions, while the Zimbabwean scored 12, the second-best tally in the league. Bernard Parker (five) and Luvuyo Memela (four) were the top assist providers for their teams last season and will likely prove to be crucial for their teams’ attacking movements.

Looking back…

Since the start of the 2008/09 season, Pirates and Chiefs have matched each other, in terms of results, in terms of wins (four each), drawing another 10. Furthermore, four of the last five league meetings have ended in draws. The history of Black Label Cup also indicates that we’re in for a close encounter with all four of Pirates’ victories being the result of penalty shootouts, while Chiefs’ 2-0 victory was the first time that either side has scored more than once since the competition’s inception in 2011.

Chiefs’ appear to have the advantage in terms of their results last season, but it’s now up to Pirates to boost their confidence and show that they are still amongst Mzansi’s elite, given that they take on an opponent who they have matched when called upon for one of the biggest fixtures of the season every step of the way in recent history.

What is your prediction for today’s game?


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model c Joined: 09 May 2015
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model c Jul 29, 2017 02:28 PM
khosi nation how r u guys,long time
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Nhlpato Jul 29, 2017 12:22 PM
Just like18yr old trophyless headcowch Cowmphelas words stats are like a bikini thy dont reveal everything Hehehehe moning bloggers all BUCS faithful n some sunflops faithful small teams fans n blocows all kaizer chimpanzees cowporters! Esh traffic hee at nasrec road n can c kaizer chimpanzees cowporters @go khosi go @mix @khosiological @hlasela @myaka waliphefeni @thabanakhosi @Salimbana @Xolisa packed in a zola bud khumbi kikikiki kikikiki n drunk Hehehehe #BUCS forever
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lonny72 Jul 29, 2017 12:03 PM
If Zebras fail to beat this weak Team Angisazi???
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SowetoBOY Jul 29, 2017 12:02 PM
Siya-Crew Rebound Jul 29, 2017 11:21 AM This game is just a game of proving Motsepe about supporters..nothing else.. They saw that Motsepe is mooring them on Charity and started this to piss him off........................... ...Big up to Khoza and Kaizer we were titrd of Mr M@sepe voting for his team while it should be fans while they dominate votes but come matchday the cant even fill grand stand the must stick to the Band Dreby.
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SowetoBOY Jul 29, 2017 11:56 AM
The site will be quiet tomorrow no idoits will be jumping up and down.
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Xolisa{khosificated} Jul 29, 2017 11:49 AM
@Siya-Crew Rebound True... cow will never learn from other cows. But charity was mostly won by chiefs(11) n rats. Dunusa wre far behind. singakukhohlwa lokho
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Xolisa{khosificated} Jul 29, 2017 11:48 AM
@Siya-Crew Rebound True... cow will never learn from other cows.
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Siya-Crew Rebound Jul 29, 2017 11:21 AM
This game is just a game of proving Motsepe about supporters..nothing else.. They saw that Motsepe is mooring them on Charity and started this to piss him off..
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Siya-Crew Rebound Jul 29, 2017 11:19 AM
Only teams like Zamalel, Raja, Ahly etc can strengthen both the teams not this game .. yes supporters will pack but I know both clubs will learn nothing.. how can cows learn from each other?
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Makaveli 99 Jul 29, 2017 11:11 AM
If Chiefs wins 2day I'll walk naked from FNB to Messina.
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Bskgomo Jul 29, 2017 11:06 AM
Masandawana arata bodese n again dy forgt dat dy r owing rates n taxes to municipality
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Bskgomo Jul 29, 2017 11:05 AM
In history only pirates supporters r likely killing demself bt not for black label
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shayadawana Jul 29, 2017 11:02 AM
Only this back door final chips can play coz there is no more refree favours
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setlaboswana Jul 29, 2017 11:02 AM
@Siya-Crew Rebound, both teams participated in this thing last season and the one before and won nothing. I agree, the competition is useless.
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shayadawana Jul 29, 2017 11:00 AM
Half of a loaf is better than nothing at least chips today is going to taste some feelings to play in the final though they have a period of 24months without reaching single final in the PSL
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Makaveli 99 Jul 29, 2017 10:57 AM
The head2head for this cup mean it all Bucs will continue dominating..
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ZebraMeat Jul 29, 2017 10:57 AM
All the zebras wil hide today some wil admited to the hospital like it or not
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mosekaphofu maggosim Jul 29, 2017 10:54 AM
@Hlasela_Khosi,, u still hv some gud players on the bench mara neh, so scary maan tjeerrr! Anyway, wil see
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shayadawana Jul 29, 2017 10:54 AM
Chance for rats to wipe the tears as they came from 4-1 defeat after AMATSATSANSA aka Pretoria smashed them in front of their millions fans
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TouchWaLekhosi Jul 29, 2017 10:50 AM
Makhosi dumela

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