Preview: Maritzburg v Platinum Stars

This will be the second ever meeting between Maritzburg United and Platinum Stars in the Telkom Knockout competition.

The teams also clashed in the 2013 tournament when Stars triumphed 2-0 at home in the first round. Henrico Botes and Robert Ng’ambi were on target for them as they went on to lift the trophy that year.

The sides clashed that same season in the FA Cup, but this time it was United who came out on top as they won a penalty shoot-out 3-1 after the match had finished 1-1. That was also played at Stars and is the only other cup game between the two sides.

In all the teams have met on 25 previous occasions in all competitions. Stars have 11 wins to six for United, with a further eight games drawn. Stars have outscored their opponents 30-21.

Stars also hold the advantage in matches played at United. In the 11 previous games, they have won five to United’s three, with three games drawn. They have outscored their opponents 13-11.

That being said, Stars have not won any of the last seven meetings between the two sides. In that time there have been three United wins and four draws. Stars’ last success came in a league clash in March 2014.

United have already beaten Stars this season away from home. The pair clashed in a league game on August 20 and goals from Deolin Mekoa and Lebohang Maboe sealed victory for the KwaZulu-Natal side.

United coach Fadlu Davids is a former player with Stars, making 22 starts in two spells, though he managed just a single goal.

Stars coach De Sa has never won the Telkom Knockout trophy as a coach, but has reached the final twice. His BidVest Wits side was beaten by Orlando Pirates in 2011, before he then led Pirates to the 2013 decider where they were defeated by, ironically, Platinum Stars.

Stars are two-time winners of the Telkom Knockout competition, defeating Ajax Cape Town 3-1 in the 2006 decider as Simba Marumo scored a hat-trick. They also beat Pirates 2-1 in 2013.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

2005/06

Stars 0 United 1 (Sadomba)

United 0 Stars 1 (Jackson (pen))

2006/07

Stars 2 (B.Ndlovu, Marumo (pen)) United 1 (S.Ndlovu)

United 0 Stars 1 (Studzinski)

2008/09

United 2 (Aka 2) Stars 2 (Mofokeng, Monareng)

Stars 4 (Jackson, Renteria 2 (1 pen), Sheppard) United 0

2009/10

Stars 1 (Thebekang) United 0

United 1 (Chivuta (pen) Stars 3 (Murakami, Sheppard, Goldman (og)

2010/11

Stars 0 United 0

United 1 (Sibisi) Stars 0

2011/12

United 2 (Obada, Diouf) Stars 1 (Msomi)

Stars 1 (Mkhabela) United 1 (Lentjies)

2012/13

United 0 Stars 1 (Mkhabela)

Stars 2 (Ng’ambi, Phala) United 0

2013/14

United 1 (Stars 2 (Botes, Tshabalala)

Stars 2 (Nyanda, Makudubela) United 1 (Mandaza)

Telkom Knockout 1st Rd – Stars 2 (Botes, Ng’ambi) United 0

Nedbank Cup second round – Stars 1 (Sarr) United 1 (Isaacks) – after extra-time; United won 3-1 on penalties)

2014/15

United 3 (M.Cele, Mabaso, Lentjies (pen)) Stars 1 (Mabena)

Stars 1 (Mabena) United 2 (D.Mekoa, Mokate)

2015/16

Stars 1 (Mere) United 1 (Mandela)

United 1 (Rusike) Stars 1 (Ng’ambi)

2016/17

Stars 0 United 0

United 0 Stars 0

2017/18

Stars 0 United 2 (D.Mekoa, Maboe)

SUMMARY

League matches played are in brackets

Total Stars United

Home Home

Played 25 (23) 14 (12) 11 (11)

Stars won 11 (10) 6 (5) 5 (5)

United won 6 (6) 3 (3) 3 (3)

Drawn 8 (7) 5 (4) 3 (3)

Stars Goals 30 (27) 17 (14) 13 (13)

United Goals 21 (20) 10 (9) 11 (11)

GOALSCORERS

Stars

3 goals – Ng’ambi

2 – Jackson, Renteria, Sheppard, Mkhabela, Botes, Mabena

1 – B.Ndlovu, Marumo Studzinski, Mofokeng, Monareng, Thebekang, Murakami, Msomi, Phala, Tshabalala, Nyanda, Makudubela, Sarr, Mere

Own goals 1 – Goldman (2009/10)

United

2 goals – Aka, Lentjies, D.Mekoa

1 – Sadomba, S.Ndlovu, Chivuta, Sibisi, Obada, Diouf, Mandaza, Isaacks, M.Cele, Mabaso, Mokate, Mandela, Rusike, Maboe

Own goals 1 – Sarr (2013/14)

RECORDS

Stars Biggest Win: 4-0 (2008/09)

United Biggest Win: 3-1 (2014/15); 2-0 (2017/18)

Most goal in a match: 4 – Stars 4 United 0 (2008/09); United 1 Stars 3 (2009/10); United 3 Stars 1 (2014/15)