Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu meet on Saturday in a PSL battle many are expecting to be dull. The stats tend to reinforce that expectation.
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KAIZER CHIEFS HAVE FLATTERED TO DECEIVE
After three league matches this season, Amakhosi have scored just one goal, Ashley Du Preez’s equalizer in a 2-1 defeat to Sundowns. They drew a blank in a goalless draw against Chippa on the opening day and then failed to find the back of the net in a 1-0 defeat at TS Galaxy last time out. It’s early days still, but Orlando Pirates striker Zakhele Lepasa has more goals in the PSL this season than the whole Kaizer Chiefs squad combined.
With a striker crisis potentially hitting them before the visit of Usuthu, it’s difficult to see where the next goal is coming from. Ranga Chivaviro hobbled off against Galaxy, Ashley Du Preez is recovering from flu after missing that match and it’s still unclear whether new signing Efmamjjasond Gonzalez will have his work permit in time to be involved.
AMAZULU KEEPING THINGS TIGHT, TOO TIGHT EVEN
Astonishingly, all three of AmaZulu’s league encounters in 2023-24 have produced goalless stalemates.
Another 0-0 draw on Saturday would probably be regarded as a good result for the visitors as they’d preserve their 100% clean sheet record. Kaizer Chiefs fans, on the other hand, would bemoan yet another day where their side dropped points and failed to create clear-cut opportunities. This is a bigger game than you’d expect to roll around in the late days of August.
After all of this analysis around how goal-shy both of these teams have been, it would be no great surprise if they produced a breathless seven-goal thriller on Saturday. We’re not holding our own breath yet though.
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