Any match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates would always be widely regarded as one of the fixtures of the season by the football fraternity, but how will Sundowns get the result they want with their current form?
So far in the 2014/15 Absa Premiership season Sundowns have been less than impressive with a narrow win over Moroka Swallows, a 1-0 loss away to Ajax Cape Town and a draw at home to Maritzburg United.
It’s clear to see when the statistics are being analysed that Downs will struggle to break teams down with their style of play at the moment.
They are only making 385.5 successful passes per match at the moment, which is a significant change to how they were able to maintain possession in majority of their matches last season.
Could this then coincide with the arrival of lanky striker Mame Niang? With a big striker up front, defenders are more likely to then take a more direct route to the striker and have midfielders and wingers working off him.
According to Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane though, that isn’t the case and still feels that Niang offers more than just an aerial threat.
A big plus for Masandawana though is the fact that their midfield maestro, Teko Modise, has been able to string many plenty of passes together, to help get the team going. Modise averages 63.75 passes per game, which will be a big sigh of relief for the Chloorkop side.
The statistics also show that Downs are averaging only 14.5 shots at goal per game, which isn’t nearly enough for a big club like Sundowns and will no doubt have been looked at by Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic.
Where will the game between Sundowns and Pirates be won and lost? The stats show that Downs will need more accurate passes and more shot on goal, if they are to put one over Bucs at Loftus Stadium.