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Pirates V Wits In Numbers

Absa Premiership: Orlando Pirates vs. Wits

Date: 4 February 2014

Time: 19h30

Venue: Orlando Stadium

Following the shock resignation of Roger De Sa as head coach of Orlando Pirates last week, the Buccaneers want nothing than three points when they welcome Wits to Orlando Stadium tonight.

ORLANDO PIRATES:

Averages per game for the season:

Shots on goal:  16.5

Entries into final third:  70.6

Successful passes:  333.1

Possession: 52%

Successful tackles:  28.6

Last three results:

Orlando Pirates 2-1 Ajax Cape Town (Masuku 35’, Matlaba 58’)

AmaZulu 1-1 Orlando Pirates (Gcaba 56’)

Orlando Pirates 3-1 Golden Arrows (Jele 13’, Manyisa 26’, 90 + 4’)

Key performers:

Defender: Thabo Matlaba, 3.8 tackles per game

Midfielder: Oupa Manyisa, 45.5 passes per game

Striker: Kermit Erasmus, 3.2 shots per game

Top goal scorer:

Lennox Bacela (11)

 Top assists:

Daine Klate (7)

WITS:

Averages per game for the season:

Shots on goal: 15.1

Entries into final third: 80.1

Successful passes: 260.3

Possession: 50.4%

Successful tackles: 24.4

Last three results:

Bidvest Wits 3-1 Bloemfontein Celtic (Pattison 17’, Chapman 69’, Kadi 90’ + 3)

Maritzburg United 1-3 Bidvest Wits (Pattison 7’, Kebede 61’, Kadi 90’)

Moroka Swallows 0-1 Bidvest Wits (Vilakazi 23’)

Key performers:

Defender: Sipho Mngomezulu, 4.5 tackles per game

Midfielder: Paty Faty, 46.2 passes per game

Forward/Striker: Getaneh Kebede 2.1 shots per game

Top goal scorer:

Getaneh Kebede & Sibusiso Vilakazi (5)

Top assists:

Papy Faty (5)

Key Stats:

Orlando Pirates come off a 2-1 win over Ajax Cape Town and even though they have not hit top gear as one would expect, the Parktown outfit have impressive stats compared to Wits. They stand on ball possession of 50.4 compared to the visitors 50.2 and a magnificent pass rate of 333.1 to 260.3 of Wits.The Students’ entries into the final third also proves their ever-present threat at goal they pose against other teams, which is 80.1 compared to Bucs’ 70.6.

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