FIRST 2018 HEAVYWEIGHT CLASH - ’DOWNS VS PIRATES
The first heavyweight ABSA Premiership clash of the New Year will be Mamelodi Sundowns hosting Orlando Pirates today at Loftus Versfeld.
Many have not been eagerly awaiting the ABSA Premiership's return this year.
The league, in the first half of the season, had chronic goal scoring constipation.
Nil-nil draws were a common theme. This year, however, it seems like the league has taken a shot of potent laxative because there has been a run of goals.
In the 10 games played in the new
year, there have been 24 goals scored - that's an average of 2.4 goals per game. If you compare that to the 1.95 goals per game scored last year this is a major upturn in goalscoring.
With Mamelodi Sundowns firepower and Orlando Pirates' new found goalscoring form, this is going to be a thrilling game, laden with good goals, bad decisions, and OMG-I-can’t-believe-he-missedthat moments.
Sundowns are on top of the league and are playing the best attacking football in the ABSA Premiership.
But, their defence is wishy-washy. Their inconsistency stems from their uncertainty at the back. Pitso Mosimane's back four looks vulnerable.
Orlando Pirates couldn't buy a goal in 2017. Their wish to Father Christmas must have been the gift of scoring more goals in the New Year.
Orlando Pirates scored three goals in the first 20 minutes of the New Year against Baroka FC. Before their 3-1 bashing of Baroka, Orlando Pirates had only managed to score two goals in a ABSA Premiership match in only one of their 15 games played.