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Celtic v Chiefs: Fair Draw?

Bloemfontein Celtic held Kaizer Chiefs to a draw at Free State Stadium last night, but looking at the stats, was a draw a fair result?

Read: Chiefs Fail To Fire At Celtic

The two teams ended the game with the spoils shared at 0-0, a result that neither head coach has showed extreme displeasure to.

View: Gallery – Celtic v Chiefs

Using Soccer-Laduma’s stats, the Siya crew assessed whether one side deserved a win more than the other, or whether a draw was indeed a fair result.

When you look at the attacking stats there is one clear winner, Chiefs. The Amakhosi had nearly double the amount of shots as Celtic (19/10) and made over 130 more passes than them (535/401). However just 10.5% of Chiefs' shots were on target.

Meanwhile, Chiefs put 26 crosses into the Celtic box, 26% of which were successful, while Siwelele made just 16 crosses with a 25% success rate.

However, defensively it was Clinton Larsen’s men who come out on top. Celtic made 20 tackles during the encounter, winning 90% of them, dwarfing the Glamour Boys’ 46% success rate in their 13 tackles.

Interestingly the two teams made exactly the same amount of challenges for the ball through the course of the game (62), with Chiefs winning 53% of theirs and Celtic 46%.

Looking at the stats it would seem that, while Chiefs were the more dangerous team going forward, Celtic stood firm against Stuart Baxter’s side, earning themselves a deserved draw at home.

By Joe Crann

Follow Joe on Twitter: @YesWeCrann


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