This weekend will see Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates lock horns for the first competitive Soweto Derby of the 2015/16 season, with bragging rights at stake.
Chiefs go into the game unbeaten so far in the league, while Pirates need a pick-me-up having succumbed to their worst ever start to a PSL season, picking up one win in seven games.
However, despite the contrasting fortunes of the two sides, statistically the two teams haven’t been too far apart, as shown in this particular article.
Now, with the game less than 24 hours away, the Siya crew has looked at which players top the statistic charts if you were to combine the two teams.
In terms of goals, the most important aspect of a football match, Mpho Makola has been the most dangerous player in front of goal, averaging 0.5 goals a game in all domestic competitions, though George Lebese, with 0.46 per game, isn’t far behind him.
Amakhosi captain, Siphiwe Tshabalala, is the most trigger happy in front of goal, averaging 2.77 shots per game, however he manages less than one shot on target per match. He also averages more penalty area entries (3.38) than any other player in the two sides.
Kermit Erasmus is the most accurate player in the two teams, averaging 1.25 shots on target for every game that he has played, but only manages 0.25 goals per game.
In terms of passing, there is one player who is lightyears ahead of the others statistically, with Reneilwe Letsholonyane bossing the passing stats. Not only does Yeye average more passes (74), more successful passes (63.92) and more forward passes per game than any other Chiefs or Pirates player, but he also tops the list for final third entries (12.62).
Defensively, of the players that have played five or more games this season, it comes as no surprise that Willard Katsande has been the busiest, averaging 4.45 tackles per game. He has also won more possession than his counterparts (21.45 per game) and made the most blocks (0.55).
Issa Sarr makes the most fouls per game (2.22), and his teammate, Happy Jele, gives the most away in the defensive third (1.86). Rooi Mahamutsa makes the most clearances (7) and Ayanda Gcaba (19.4) the most interceptions.
With regards to crossing, Thabo Rakhale makes the most per game (3.71), and Erick Mathoho defends the most (2.18).
Given their contrasting results, it comes as no shock that Chiefs have the higher attacking stats and Pirates the higher defensive ones, however stats are likely to play a very minor role as these two giants of South Africa locks horns on Saturday afternoon.