HOW THE AWAY-GOAL RULE WORKS
All four remaining clubs still have a lot to play for, as no one is guaranteed a place in the final as yet.
After scoring away from home, defending champions Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits will welcome Bloemfontein Celtic and Ajax Cape Town to their fortresses, respectively, hoping to use their away goals to good effect.
Chiefs and Wits each scored one in their 1-all draws last weekend, meaning they have the luxury of playing to a goalless draw at home.
But starting with the mind-set of playing for a stalemate could be suicidal, as the visiting clubs will be going all out to score.
Celtic and Ajax know exactly what they need to do to advance to the final – score goals. They won away from home in their quarterfinal matches – beating Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates, respectively.
The teams will adopt an attacking approach again and supporters can expect entertaining matches.
The first leg between Celtic and Chiefs was not only a full-house affair, but also produced the most talked- about goals. While Hélder Pelembe’s stunning shot beat Itumeleng Khune, Bernard Parker’s well-taken strike sailed past Patrick Tignyemb.
The strikes have set the tone for what could be an explosive second leg on Saturday night.
On their way to lifting last season’s trophy, Chiefs did not concede a single goal, but have already let in four goals in two matches so far. The Urban Warriors should also come out guns blazing on Sunday when they visit Bidvest Stadium, as they want to reach their second successive final after losing to Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup final in May. A fortnight ago, Roger De Sá’s side lost to the Students at the same venue, and will want to avenge that defeat.
The first leg was marred by poor pitch conditions at Coetzenburg Stadium, but Bidvest Stadium should be in tip-top condition for a perfect game from both sides.
This will only come into effect if both matches end goalless – which will see Wits and Chiefs advancing to the final by virtue of having scored away from home.
In the case of 1-all draws, games will go into extra time and penalties if deadlocks remain after extra time.
A high-scoring draw will see Celtic and Ajax advancing, as they would have scored more goals away from home.