Chiefs to hit Wits on the counter
excites me more than a good old knockout football. Teams are encouraged to play
attacking football to try to win the game before it gets to the dreaded penalty
shootout. With enterprising football, we get to witness plenty
of goalmouth action, free-flowing play, and the occasional comedic
Bidvest Wits takes on
Kaizer Chiefs in the Telkom Knockout semi-finals at the Bidvest
Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The PSL champions haven’t been themselves lately
and their opponents have been in good form, who will be going to the final?
in the 15th spot on the table, Bidvest Wits have started off this season with
the worst record of any defending champion in Premier Soccer League history.
Hunt's team has been creating goal scoring opportunities but poor finishing and
bad luck, like Captain Diehard at the tail end of There's a Zulu On My Stoep movie, has let down the team.
have shown some signs of life in their recent games winning four of their last
Komphela's Kaizer Chiefs have had an upturn in form lately. Chiefs are unbeaten
in their last five games. winning three and drawing two whilst only conceding
one goal. Their form came after they, ironically, had injuries to some of
their key first team players.
out of necessity, changed his formation to 5-3-2. This formation has worked
wonders for the team. The injury crisis may actually have been was a blessing
Bidvest Wits record in their last
Kaizer Chiefs record in their
last five games:
last time Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits went up against each other in a
knockout competition was May 3, 2014 in the Nedbank Cup. Bidvest Wits won 4-2 on
penalties but a lot has happened since then, Orlando Pirates lost by six
goals twice, Mamelodi Sundowns have a star above their logo on their
jersey's and Trump went from a reality show diva to the president of the
Who wins? Betting odds
a more a talented squad and being at home, Bidvest Wits are favoured to
win at 1.40 by BET.co.za and Kaizer Chiefs' odds are at 2.10.
may have gotten their mojo back and are starting to play like the club that won
the Absa Premiership last season. Gavin Hunt has made some changes in his line-up
and the team seems to be playing better. But, Bidvest Wits are still
susceptible to counterattacks Chiefs love to counter.
aforementioned Amakhosi have only conceded one goal in their last five games
and four in their last 10 they are good defensively. Bernard Parker and Simphiwe
Tshabalala are playing good football, so good that I have personally emailed
the PSL to check their urine for performance-enhancing substances.
is a tricky game to predict, but I feel Amakhosi are solid at the back and
lethal on the counter which is why I pick Kaizer Chiefs for the win.