Fifth placed Mamelodi Sundowns is to come up against log leaders Kaiser Chiefs in their first encounter of the 2014/2015 season on the 22nd of November 21014 at the FNB stadium. Herewith Obzeva’s first edition of the pre-match analysis called – Pick of the Week, for your reading pleasure.
A clash between these two teams is always epic. In head-to-head stats, Sundowns and Chiefs have met in 56 League matches since 1985. Amakhosi have claimed 24 wins compared to 17 for the Brazilians, while 15 matches have ended in draws. In recent history their last ten encounters since October 2009 have seen Kaiser Chiefs dominating proceedings with the following head to head results:
Kaizer Chiefs 5 wins
Mamelodi Sundowns 3 wins
In this season so far Kaiser Chiefs has managed to only drop two points in total with the 1-1 draw against Moroka Swallows at home. They are tracking at a point conversion ratio of 93% with 28 points collected out of 30 in ten matches. Mamelodi Sundowns with 4 wins, 4 draws and 2 loses are converting at 53% of their points with only 16 points out of 30 after ten matches as well.
Both teams are tracking with a combined average of 2.5 goals per match with Kaiser Chiefs averaging 1.5 goals and Sundowns 1 goal per match so far. Kaiser Chiefs have not only maintained the best defensive record in the league, but they have been showing constancy at home and away with two goals conceded either way. Mamelodi Sundowns on the other hand have had the second best defensive record in the league with 6 goals conceded (66% at home and 33% away).
Therefore, in the home log table Mamelodi Sundowns are 10th place while in the away league log they are sitting 2d place. Kaizer Chiefs’ strong and consistent performance in this season has them on top of the log both home and away tables.
For Mamelodi Sundowns – Tebogo Langeman is not available due to a red card in the game against Platinum Stars in the Telkom Knockout Semi Final. Kenedy Muyene and Aljie Schut are not available yet due to injury.
One can expect to see Mario Boysen at centre back, Dennis Onyango as goalkeeper and Mzikaise Mashaba at left back to slot in as replacements.
Though Itumeleng Khune and Katleho Mphela are reported to be currently in training, it is highly unlikely that Khune will be available as Stuart Baxter has already made it clear that he will not be ready for the 2015 AFCON scheduled to take place from January 17th. Having said that with the Kaiser Chief attacking pack struggling to find the back of the net as frequently in their last 3 matches as in their first seven matches of the season, one wonders if Mphela might not be the ace up the Amakhosi’s sleeve to blind-sight an already befuddled Masandawana outfit which has not won a match in a month.
Based on the comparison, there is a reasonable expected advantage for Kaizer Chiefs to win this match, although in recent form has shown Mamelodi Sundowns to be quite stubborn opposition when playing away to Soweto clubs in Soweto. Therefore a reasonable expectation would be to peg this match to end on a lovely draw.