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Wits V Maritzburg In Numbers

Absa Premiership Round 3 – Bidvest Wits vs. Maritzburg United
 
Date: 20 August 2014
 
Time: 19:30
 
Venue: Bidvest Stadium
 
 
Both Maritzburg United and Bidvest Wits occupy fourth and fifth place on the Absa Premiership standings respectively, having not lost in their opening league fixtures. The Clever Boys are eager to bounce back from their MTN8 semi-final first leg loss against Orlando Pirates when they host the Team of Choice in both teams’ third league encounter. A win for either team could move them up as high as second position on the table depending on other results.
 
BIDVEST WITS:
 
Averages per game for 2014-15 season:
 
Shots on goal: 14
 
Entries into final third: 99
 
Successful passes: 394
 
Possession: 51.5%
 
Successful tackles: 13
 
Recent results:
 
Bidvest Wits 0-2 Orlando Pirates
 
Bidvest Wits 1-1 University of Pretoria (Botes 59’)
 
SuperSport United 0-1 Bidvest Wits (Ngcobo 70’)
 
Key performers:
 
Defender (most tackles): Sboniso Gumede, 3 tackles per game
 
Midfielder (most passes): Sibusiso Vilakazi, 43 passes per game
 
Forward/Striker (most shots): Henrico Botes, 2 shots per game
 
Top goal scorer (all competitions):
 
Sthembiso Ngcobo (1) (1 PSL) / Henrico Botes (1) (1 PSL)
 
Top assists (all competitions): 
 
Sibusiso Vilakazi (1) (1 PSL) / Chris Katongo (1) (1 PSL)
 
MARITZBURG UNITED:
 
Averages per game for 2014-15 season:
 
Shots on goal: 15
 
Entries into final third: 45
 
Successful passes: 359.1
 
Possession: 55%
 
Successful tackles: 3 (42.86 success rate) 
 
Recent results:
 
Maritzburg United 2-1 Polokwane City (Mokate 28’) (Mngonyama 59’)
 
Mamelodi Sundowns 1-1 Maritzburg United (Awal 90’)
 
Key performers:
 
Defender (most tackles): Ryan de Jongh, 1 tackle per game 
 
Midfielder (most passes): Thamsanqa Mkhize, 49 passes per game (89.80% success rate)
 
Forward/Striker (most shots): Mohau Mokate, 2 shots per game
 
Top goal scorer (all competitions):
 
Mohammed Awal (1) (1 PSL) / Mohau Mokate (1) (1 PSL) / Kwanda Mngonyama (1) (1 PSL)
 
Top assists (all competitions): 
 
Ashley Hartog (1) (1 PSL) / Thamsanqa Mkhize (1) (1 PSL)
 
 
Key Stats:
 
Both teams cancel each other out in stats, and this is a clear indication the kind of match expected to turn out this evening. Gavin Hunt will want to make use of home ground advantage to grind out needed results and keep up with early pace-setters, Kaizer Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town.

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