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Aces v Celtic In Numbers

Absa Premiership: Mpumalanga Black Aces vs Bloemfontein Celtic

Date & Time: 25 September at 19:30

Venue: Mbombela Stadium

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Coach Clive Barker will be looking to secure all three points on home turf tonight, with Mpumalanga Black Aces having lost two of their last three fixtures. However his counterpart, Clinton Larsen, is under pressure to get a result, following two draws and a loss in their last three games.


Averages per game for the season:

Shots on goal: 17.4

Entries into final third: 75.5

Successful passes: 302.6

Possession: 50.8%

Successful tackles: 31.2

Last three results:

Maritzburg United 2-0 Mpumalanga Black Aces

Mpumalanga Black Aces 1-1 SuperSport United

Moroka Swallows 3-2 Mpumalanga Black Aces

Key performers (minimum three appearances):

Defender: Abel Mabaso, averaging 3 successful tackles per game.

Midfielder: Sandile Zuke , averaging 35.8 successful passes per game.

Striker: Mabhuti Khenyeza, averaging 7.2 shots on goal per game.

Top goal scorer:
Mabhuti Khenyeza, 1 goal (4 others on 1 goal)


Averages per game for the season:

Shots on goal: 14.8

Entries into final third: 73

Successful passes: 191.6

Possession: 50.6%

Successful tackles: 23.2

Last three results:

Bloemfontein Celtic 0-0 Kaizer Chiefs

University of Pretoria 2-0 Bloemfontein Celtic

Bloemfontein Celtic 2-2 Free State Stars

Key performers (minimum three appearances):

Defender: Thabo Nthethe, averaging 3.6 successful tackles per game.

Midfielder: Musa Nyatama, averaging 27.25 successful passes per game.

Striker: Lerato Lamola, averaging 1.67 shots on goal per game.

Top goal scorer:

Joel Mogorosi, 2 goals (1 other on 2 goals)


Statistically Aces trump Celtic in all of the above stats, most notably in successful passes and successful tackles. However, with the possession stats almost even, it suggests that while Barker’s side is playing a passing game, Larsen’s team is playing a more direct game.

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