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Pirates V AmaZulu In Numbers

Absa Premiership Round 3 – Orlando Pirates vs. AmaZulu
 
Date: 20 August 2014
 
Time: 19:30
 
Venue: Orlando Stadium
 
Orlando Pirates are still seeking their first three points of the new season, following their 2-1 loss to Moroka Swallows in their opening league fixture in the Soweto derby, which was followed by a 2-2 draw at Bloemfontein Celtic. The Buccaneers are confident of a victory in tonight’s clash, but face a tricky AmaZulu outfit that took away four points from VV’s team last season.
 
 
ORLANDO PIRATES:
 
Averages per game for 2014-15 season:
 
Shots on goal: 17.66
 
Entries into final third: 79
 
Successful passes: 435
 
Possession: 62.33%
 
Successful tackles: 10 (65.21% success rate)
 
Recent results:
 
Bidvest Wits 0-2 Orlando Pirates (Sangweni 56’) (Matlaba 73’)
 
Bloemfontein Celtic 2-2 Orlando Pirates (Manyisa 43’, 52’)
 
Orlando Pirates 1-2 Moroka Swallows (Manyisa 34’)
 
Key performers:
 
Defender (most tackles): Thabo Matlaba, 3.25 tackles per game 
 
Midfielder (most passes): Oupa Manyisa, 44.75 passes per game (91.6% success rate)
 
Forward/Striker (most shots): Kermit Erasmus, 3.25 shots per game
 
Top goal scorer (all competitions):
 
Oupa Manyisa (3) (3 PSL)
 
Top assists (all competitions): 
 
Kermit Erasmus (2) (1 MTN 8) (1 PSL) / Daine Klate (2) (1 MTN 8) (1 PSL)
 
AMAZULU:
 
Averages per game for 2014-15 season:
 
Shots on goal: 11.5
 
Entries into final third: 47
 
Successful passes: 360.5
 
Possession: 52.5%
 
Successful tackles: 5.5
 
Recent results:
 
Moroka Swallows 2-1 Amazulu (G. Dlamini 59’)
 
Amazulu 0-0 Ajax Cape Town
 
Key performers:
 
Defender (most tackles): Willem Mwedihanga, 2 tackles per game
 
Midfielder (most passes): Khulekani Madondo, 64.5 passes per game
 
Forward/Striker (most shots): Bongani Ndulula, 1.5 shots per game
 
Top goal scorer (all competitions):
 
Goodman Dlamini (1) (1 PSL)
 
Top assists (all competitions): 
 
Marc van Heerden (1) (1 PSL)
 
 
Key Stats:
 
With both sides are yet to register maximum points since the 2014/15 season commenced, and this tie is likely to be a very open affair as both sides go all out for the available three points. The home side look much better on paper. The Ghosts dominate Usuthu on all fronts when it comes to stats going into tonight’s game.

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