Who Has The Upper Hand Going Into Tonight's Title Decider

Chiefs v Sundowns: Who Has The Upper Hand Going Into Tonight’s Title Decider?

Tonight log leaders Kaizer Chiefs face second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns in an Absa Premiership title decider. Kaizer Chiefs are at the top of the PSL table with 53 points, Mamelodi Sundowns are behind them by 3 points. 

Like I said yesterday, I believe if Sundowns win this game, they win the title. If Kaizer Chiefs win this game, they win the title. If this game ends in a draw, Kaizer Chiefs win the title.

Let me start off by stating the obvious, Mamelodi Sundowns need the 3 points more than Kaizer Chiefs do. This should worry Pitso Mosimane because his team has been trash post-lockdown. They recorded one loss, three draws, and only one win. That’s 6 out of a possible 15 points.


Chiefs v Sundowns: Absa Premiership Cup Final

BUT! Sundowns go into this title decider after a morale-boosting win against a negative Golden Arrows team on Monday. Sundowns haven’t clicked in attack as of yet but the team has started playing better in the past couple of games.

Kaizer Chiefs have had an equally disappointing post lockdown run, picking up 5 from a possible 12. In all fairness, Ernst Middendorp’s team had been below standard even before the Coronavirus. It seems as though teams have figured out their one-dimensional play of crosses and set pieces.

Speaking of set pieces, tonight they will be without Samir Nurković and Leonardo Castro. The loss of their aerial threat from set-plays is a huge loss for Kaizer Chiefs. 

Sundowns have struggled to breakdown teams with well-structured defences. They have even struggled even more to stop teams from catching them on the counter-attack.  Will Ernst Middendorp is brave enough to replace his two good but slow strikers with an average but pacier attack. Kambole, Billiat, and Zuma might do the trick. Scrapping the 3-5-2 for a 4-3-3, and playing on the counter-attack.

With all that being said, you’d have to say Mamelodi Sundowns has the edge going into the game. Kaizer Chiefs confidence is low and their defence leaks goals for fun. They have conceded 7 goals in their 4 bubble games. Chiefs have scored 6 on the other end but four of them have been from through set-pieces and they are without two of their best headers of the ball. I don’t see how Chiefs will score and how they will keep out one of the best attacks in the league. 

By @chizfootball (the greatest footy journo on the internet)

Chiefs v Sundowns kekanakatsande

Chiefs v Sundowns: Absa Premiership Cup Final

Let’s begin by getting the ‘facts’ out of the way. If Sundowns win this game, they win the title. If Kaizer Chiefs win this game, they win the title. If this game ends in a draw, Kaizer Chiefs win the title. As you can see Mamelodi Sundowns need to win this game more than Kaizer Chiefs does. 

You: “…but after the game, there will still be three games left to play so…’🤷🏿‍♂️

Yes, I know but the result of this game will do one of two things: crush Kaizer Chiefs’ flakey moral or deal a death blow to Mamelodi Sundowns’ confidence. I don’t see any team recovering from an unfavourable result plus I’m a psychic. 

As the title says this is a cup final. Do or die. Wafa-wafa. Sure, Kaizer Chiefs have the advantage because they don’t need to win BUT, they’d be foolish to go in this looking for a draw. Mamelodi Sundowns got lucky on Monday with their last gasp win against Golden Arrows. Their confidence will be reaching its peak. 


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Kaizer Chiefs as currently constructed cannot match Sundowns pound for pound. They’d get knocked out before the first water break. It’s not that Chiefs don’t have good players, it’s just that they have not being utilized correctly (that’s another story for another writer).

The suspension of their leading goal scorer Samir Nurković and striker Leonardo Castro’s injury concerns are big blows. However, Sundowns aren’t great at defending quick counter-attacks. Ernst Middendorp may choose to replace the unavailable strikers with forwards that have pace.  

We’ll chat more about which team has the upper hand going into the huge clash tomorrow.

By @chizfootball (the greatest footy journo on the internet)

Barcelona Lione Messi

Lionel Messi fax to Barcelona: ‘I want to leave!’

There comes a time in everybody’s life when they have to leave the nest and fly away (Unless you are a millennial, of course). It seems as though the time has come for the G.O.A.T. Lionel Messi. Ronald Koeman was announced as Barcelona manager last week and in his first meeting he told Luis Suarez to take a hike and Messi that ‘your privileges in the squad are OVER.

This didn’t sit well with the Messi so he went home, blew the dust and cobwebs off his fax machine and faxed in a transfer request to Barcelona. 


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This act by Messi shouldn’t have come as a surprise. He had been openly irritated at the goings-on in Barca boardroom for a while. He dislikes Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, he didn’t think highly of now fired head coach Quique Setién, and he thinks his teammates, for a lack of a better word, stink.

Lionel Messi has been carrying this Barcelona team for the past couple of years. He is fed up. In the last couple of months, Messi has threatened to leave if things don’t change. At that time I thought he was bluffing but now I think he is serious. I mean the guy sent a fax. Who sends faxes nowadays???

Ronald Koeman and Messi won’t get along. Koeman is known to be a hard-nosed disciplinarian and Messi likes it when the coaches brown-nose a little bit. At the end of the day, it will be up to Barcelona to let their child go. He has a one year left on his contract. Plus, nobody in their right state of mind will pay his $828 million buy out clause. 

By @cheezfootball (the greatest footy journo on the internet)

Orlando Pirates rely on Mhango

Orlando Pirates’ Reliance On Gabadinho Mhango Has Been Exposed

Since his brace against Chippa United in February, Orlando Pirates’ leading goal-scorer Gabandinho Mhango has been on a bit a goal drought.

It’s been six games since the game against Chippa. Orlando Pirates have only managed to win one and score once in those half a dozen matches.

I don’t know about you but I a pattern here. It seems as though there is a correlation between Gabandinho Mhango lack of goal production and Orlando Pirates’ unsatisfactory performances.

Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer recons Mhongo’s dry spell is due to confidence or fatigue

“He scored a lot of goals in the first games, and now [against Wits] he had one of the best chances but it was not so [that he could score].

“As a striker, when he doesn’t think about anything, he scores, and now maybe he thinks a little bit too much that he wants [to score].


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“You know as a striker you need the self-confidence and you need the trust from the coach‚” 

“And it’s not so easy too that we have a good striker or two on the bench.

“We have not a long time [before the next game] and we have to see what’s possible in the next game – maybe he needs a break or he needs the next game but I don’t know, we’ll [figure out] a plan for the next game.”

Gabandinho Mhango tops the leagues’ scoring charts with 14 goals. At Orlando Pirates, he is trailed by an out of favour Tshegofatso Mabaso who has scored six. His goals have become increasingly important to Pirates. I’m surprised his coach would even think of resting him in a team that has scored 0 goals in their last four.

Every coach would love to have a forward that could score 15 goals in a season. But, this becomes an issue when the forward is relied upon a bit too much. The last time I check you need more that 15 goals to win the league.

Mhango is carrying Orlando Pirates’ goalscoring load and clearly, it has become too much. Pirates midfielders offer no goal-scoring threat. Other Pirates attackers like Pule and Memela are more goal creators than goalscorers. Mhango needs help and Zinnbauer needs to provide it.

By @cheezfootball (the greatest footy journo on the internet)

The Soccer Podcast With No Name (Yet) Ep.26

Bongani ‘Da Bongz’ Nkosi and Thabang ‘Da Real Cheez’ Kgeledi discuss this week’s soccer topics.

The Discussion This Week:

1. What Does Chiefs Draw With Wits Mean For The Title Race?
2. Does Khune Have A Future at Kaizer Chiefs With Ernst Middendorp As Coach?
3. Is There More To The Shonga and Lorch Story?
4. Can Supersport United Win League Whilst Selling Their Best Players?
5. Did PSG Deserve To Win Or Did Atalanta Lose It?
6. Thoughts about Neymar’s MotM performance
7. Quick Hits!

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