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Why Pirates Play Better With One Striker

There was an outcry from the fans for the Orlando Pirates technical team to throw both Lehlohonolo Majoro and Kermit Erasmus in the same line-up due to the fact that they hit good form at the same time. When played together, both strikers seem to have a good understand combined to produce some exciting football.

At first, we have to take into consideration that we have played with two strikers on six occasions and that on only two occasions, ‘code 4595’ started together. On 18 occasions though, we opted to play with Majoro, Erasmus or Lennox Bacela as the lone striker.

With two upfront, we scored 1.83 goals per game on average and only 1.38 goals per game this season when playing with the lone striker.

When playing with one striker, the coach has the opportunity to field an extra midfielder and this has shown in the passing statistics. On average, we manage to string together 451.33 passes per game when playing with the single striker and only 369.67 passes per game when playing with two.

The shots made and shooting accuracy was improved when playing on striker as opposed to two. On average, we manage to get 16.33 shots away when playing with one striker, compared to only 14.5 made with two strikers.

Shooting accuracy stands at 31.9% when playing with one striker, and dips to 28.74% when opting to field two strikers.

So looking at the stats, we can come to the conclusion that we don’t score that many more goals when playing with two strikers. However, when playing with one, we do create a lot of chances.

Do you think we should stick to playing with one striker?

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