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Sundowns v AmaTuks In Numbers

Absa Premiership: Mamelodi Sundowns vs. University of Pretoria

Date: 30 March 2014

Time: 15h30

Venue: Loftus Stadium

Second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns host Pretoria neighbours AmaTuks on Sunday afternoon at Loftus Stadium.

With Kaizer Chiefs not playing in the league this weekend, Pitso Mosimane’s men could join leaders Kaizer Chiefs on 49 points with a win, albeit that they will have played two more games than the Amakhosi.

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MAMELODI SUNDOWNS:

Averages per game for the season:

Shots on goal: 15.3

Entries into final third: 67.6

Successful passes: 368.7

Possession: 53.3%

Successful tackles: 26.3

Last three results:

Platinum Stars 1-3 Mamelodi Sundowns (Moriri 21’, Laffor 49’, Mokoena 78’)

Golden Arrows 1-4 Mamelodi Sundowns (Wome 39’, Mokoena 58’, Laffor 64’, Tau 90’)

Free State Stars 1-2 Mamelodi Sundowns (Laffor 15’, Wome 41’)

Key performers:

Defender:  Rashid Sumaila, 3.4 tackles per game

Midfielder: Teko Modise, 57.9 passes per game

Forward/Striker: Cuthbert Malajila, 2.8 shots per game

Top goal scorer:

Katlego Mashego (7)

Top assists:

Khama Billiat (7) 

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA:

Averages per game for the season:

Shots on goal: 12.5

Entries into final third: 72.6

Successful passes: 231.4

Possession: 47.2%

Successful tackles: 23.9

Last three results:

University of Pretoria 0-0 Bidvest Wits

Ajax Cape Town 0-0 University of Pretoria

University of Pretoria 1-0 Orlando Pirates (Mosadi 84’)

Key performers:

Defender: Buhle Mkhwanazi, 3.8 tackles per game

Midfielder: Lantshene Phalane, 22.6 passes per game

Forward/Striker: Atusaye Nyondo, 1.7 shots per game

Top goal scorer:

Atusaye Nyondo (6)

Top assists:

Grant Kekana (4)

FOR STARTING XI AND LIVE COMMENTARY GO HERE

Key Stats:

What stands out when looking at the stats is the successful pass rate and possession of the Brazilians compared to Steve Barker’s men. Possession-wise, Sundowns on average control the ball 53.3% per game game, while Tuks see just 47.2% of the ball. Sundowns make 368.7 successful passes per game on average, compared to just 231.4 of Tuks. In fact Mosimane’s team dominate most head-to-head stats, though Tuks do on average make 5 more entries per game than Sundowns, 72.6 compared to 67.6.

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