Weekend Post (South Africa)
Here’s what and who to watch
A FULL round of premiership matches will be played this weekend‚ with huge pressure at both the top and the bottom of the table.
Times Media Digital brings you a quick guide to some of the games:
Saturday Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates
Chiefs player to watch: Willard Katsande – The Chiefs hard man will be eager to set the tone in the midfield and win that area of the pitch for his side. He has also chipped in with important goals this season.
Pirates player to watch: Abbubaker Mobara – Mobara has been fantastic for Pirates in a defensive midfield position in the last few games‚ providing an excellent shield for the back four.
Chiefs strengths/weaknesses: Defensively compact and with strength in midfield but need regular goal scorer.
Pirates strengths/weaknesses: They look to lack confidence but can start afresh under new coach Kjell Jonevret.
Last meeting: A goalless draw in October and it wasn’t pretty.
Quick fact: Chiefs’ last ‘home’ win over Pirates in regulation time was in 2011. Their next six home games have resulted in four draws and two defeats.
Lamontville Golden Arrows v Maritzburg United
Arrows player to watch: Lerato Lamola – A form scorer for Golden Arrows‚ Lamola is a clever player with good pace.
United player to watch: Evans Rusike – Has the speed to get behind what can be at times a ponderous Golden Arrows back line.
Arrows strengths/weaknesses: Arrows don’t score enough at home‚ just nine goals in nine games is a poor return.
United strengths/weaknesses: Maritzburg can be sloppy in possession and turn the ball over far too easily.
Last meeting: The teams played to a 2-2 draw at Maritzburg in late October.
Quick fact: Arrows have won three‚ drawn three and lost three of their nine games at home this season. Maritzburg’s away record? Played nine‚ won three‚ drawn three‚ lost three.
Supersport United v Ajax Cape Town
SuperSport player to watch: Mandla Masango – The winger has shown good form since returning to the PSL.
Ajax player to watch: Jody February – A player to watch, perhaps for the wrong reasons, as Ajax have suffered from a number of the goalkeeper’s errors this season. He will be severely tested again.
SuperSport strengths/weaknesses: They can fail to kill off teams they should beat this season.
Ajax strengths/weaknesses: Only Orlando Pirates (28)‚ Baroka FC (30) and Highlands Park (35) have conceded more than Ajax’s 27 goals this season.
Last meeting: SuperSport won 2-0 in Cape Town in October as an early penalty from Jeremy Brockie and a late strike from Reneilwe Letsholonyane sealed the victory.
Quick fact: SuperSport are one of two teams‚ Kaizer Chiefs being the other‚ who have yet to lose at home in the league this season.
Free State Stars v Highlands Park
Stars player to watch: Thokozani Sekotlong – The forward has just returned from injury and was brilliant before his time on the sidelines. Can he rediscover that form?
Highlands player to watch: Eddie Ngalo – Veteran defender Ngalo has been a rock at the back for Highlands in recent matches and could be crucial for the visitors.
Stars strengths/weaknesses: They know how to play on the small Goble Park pitch‚ Only Sundowns (four) have conceded fewer than their six goals at home this season.
Highlands strengths/weaknesses: Highlands have tightened up at the back, so their next aim is to find a way to start converting the chances they create.
Last meeting: The teams played to a 2-2 draw in Tembisa in October. Highlands led 2-0 on the hour-mark after goals from Edwin Sitayitayi and Thapelo Mathibe‚ but a minute late Sekotlong pulled one back and Armand Ella grabbed an equaliser in the third minute of injury-time.
Quick fact: Highlands are the only team in the top flight without an away win this season. Their nine games on the road have resulted in three draws and six defeats.
Polokwane City v Baroka FC
City player to watch: Rodney Ramagalela – The big forward has been tough to handle on his day as he uses his pace and power to beat defenders.
Baroka player to watch: Helder Pelembe – Having finally received his work permit‚ the former Orlando Pirates man should play some role for Baroka.
City strengths/weaknesses: They don’t concede many‚ but they don’t score many either. They have lost only one in eight at home this season.
Baroka strengths/weaknesses: Better on the road than at home‚ Baroka have still been in woeful form of late with eight goals in their last two games.
Last meeting: The teams played to a 2-2 draw in October. Marshall Munetsi put Baroka ahead‚ but Ramagalela and Puleng Tlolane turned things around for City. That game was the start of Baroka’s 14-match winless run in all competitions.
Quick fact: Polokwane’s last four games have all finished in 1-1 draws –home to Maritzburg United and Ajax Cape Town‚ and away at Highlands Park and Orlando Pirates. – TMG Digital/TMG Sport