There is just a three-point gap at the top of the PSL log between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns. While Sundowns stuttered midweek, failing to beat a ten-man Wits, Chiefs have a chance to make up some ground when they take on Highlands Park on Wednesday.
Amakhosi have lost just two games this season, one at home against Polokwane City and one away against SuperSport United. They’ve also drawn two, one against United also on home turf and the other against Maritzburg United away from home.
Highlands Park, meanwhile, have won six, drawn six and lost four, but just one of their wins this season have come away from home – against Baroka FC.
Most intriguing fact of the matchup is that both sides have been quite miserly with conceding goals, though. The table below shows the average points per game, average goals scored and conceded for both teams in all games across the season.
Kaizer Chiefs vs Highlands Park: Goals and points matchup
The bad news for Highlands Park is that they have also struggled to score, especially away from home.
Kaizer Chiefs vs Highlands Park: Head-to-head this season
Below are some key statistics between the two teams for Chiefs home games and Highlands Park’s away games.
No doubt Owen Da Gama’s charges are quite obviously in for a challenge. Add to that the fact that they’re facing a wounded Kaizer Chiefs side, who lost for only the second time in the league this season over the weekend, and the heightened emotion of the team’s 50th anniversary and this fixture is shaping up to be one to watch.
Chiefs’ coach Ernst Middendorp is focused on how his side performs on the pitch, though.
“I am not thinking too much about a packed stadium and bouncing back,” explained Middendorp. “I am looking into it; we have to sort some stuff out. We have to find the right combinations to see who will take up the positions. That’s it,” he said before the match.