Downs, Pirates, Chiefs in midweek DStv Premiership action

The DStv Premiership teams involved in CAF club competitions this season will be in action in midweek with all of the so-called ‘Big Three’ in the search for points.

It is also a chance for a couple of teams near the foot of the table to move away from the bottom and post what could be some big wins in their seasons.


Kaizer Chiefs can continue their recent revival in a home meeting against inconsistent Baroka FC to give themselves some momentum going into Saturday’s Soweto Derby with Orlando Pirates.

But Baroka have twice before dealt Chiefs serious blows, first while still a third-tier side in 2011 when they won a Nedbank Cup quarterfinal 2-1.

The second was just last season when they played to a 1-1 draw on the final day of the campaign, a result that saw Chiefs pipped by Mamelodi Sundowns to the league title in heart-breaking fashion.

Baroka lead the head-to-head with four wins to Chiefs’ three and another three draws, with both teams netting 10 goals each, while in results at Chiefs it reads 2-2.

The Limpopo club have lost three of their last four games, with a surprise 3-2 away victory at Stellenbosch FC in between.

They have been surprisingly poor this season at home with four straight losses, but have found the going slightly easier on the road where they have lost just two of their six matches.

Chiefs have just a single home win in six, which came a week ago against TTM.


Orlando Pirates go into this meeting against TS Galaxy in patchy form with their last six games resulting in two wins, two draws and two defeats.

Of late their problem has been goals, a surprise for a squad brimming with attacking talent, as they have netted just once in the previous three games, which was last time out against Maritzburg United when they claimed a 1-0 victory.

Galaxy ended a run of no wins in nine games (D4 L5) when they romped to a 3-0 win over Maritzburg last time out, which will have given them a massive boost in confidence.

New coach Owen da Gama knows how to collect points in this league and will have them well prepared for Pirates, who they meet for the first time in their history.

This is the first of two home games in a row for Pirates, along with Saturday’s Soweto Derby against Kaizer Chiefs, but they have found the going tough on their own patch.

They are unbeaten in six games, but four draws in that time tells a story of a team unable to kill off their opponents. They have only managed to score six times too.


Mamelodi Sundowns must arrest a run of three straight draws on Wednesday when they host struggling Black Leopards – a stutter in what had been a seemingly imperious march to the DStv Premiership title this season.

The goals have suddenly dried up for the star-studded Brazilians squad with just one in their last four-and-a-half hours of football, but Leopards are the side they have enjoyed playing most in recent times.

Sundowns have won all of the last 10 meetings, scoring an impressive 27 goals in the process, a massive sign of their dominance over Lidoda Duvha.

Bizarrely, there has not been a draw between the two sides since a 1-1 stalemate mate in the 2003/04 season, and there have been just two draws in their 24 meetings.

Leopards have had a tough season and fired coach Dylan Kerr on Monday, but both their wins this season have come in Thohoyandou – 1-0 vs Maritzburg United and 2-0 vs Orlando Pirates.


Bloemfontein Celtic are on a run of no wins in their last six DStv Premiership matches (D4 L2) that has meant an alarming slide down the table that they will need to arrest soon.

They could well get that chance against Chippa, though the Nelson Mandela Bay side have shown a marked improvement under coach Dan Malesela with two wins in their last three and the other match drawn.

Celtic have lost just one of their previous nine matches in Bloemfontein though (W4 D4), a 1-0 reversal at the hands of Orlando Pirates and it remains something of a fortress for them.

Chippa are now playing a ninth game on the road in a row as they battle with home venue challenges, but will be buoyed by their comprehensive 3-0 victory at Black Leopards on Saturday.

There have been 16 previous meetings between the sides, with Celtic leading the head-to-head 7-4 and five draws. At home that record reads 4-1 (and two draws), with Chippa’s only success a 1-0 win in February 2016.