Chiefs v Ajax CT: The underperformers derby

    2018-02-16 13:59

    Thabang Kgeledi

    Cape Town - On Saturday night Kaizer Chiefs host Ajax Cape Town at the FNB Stadium in a battle for the title for the Absa Premiership's best underperforming team of the season.

    Teams playing not to lose rather than playing to win games has been what the Absa Premiership is all about this season.

    Low scoring games, low levels of quality, and my low tolerance for nonsense has made watching a chore.

    But, Kaizer Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town have been involved in some of the more entertaining games this season, let's hope this is one of them.

    Kaizer Chiefs versus Ajax Cape Town who is your money on?

    Kaizer Chiefs

    I have been a firm supporter of the #komphelaout movement on Twitter. Hey, who knows, I very well may have been the person who started it. No, I am not a Kaizer Chiefs supporter nor am I a 'hater' but I believe Kaizer Chiefs isn't the right fit for Steve.

    Since his appointment in 2015, Kaizer Chiefs haven't smelt a trophy.

    Ajax Cape Town

    Over the past few years, Ajax Cape Town has lost its relevance. Once upon a time, Ajax was perennial top 8 team, now they linger somewhere in the lower half of the table just between "err, these teams are not bad" and "... these teams suck".  

    Ajax Cape Town are in 15th place, five points ahead of bottom club, Platinum Stars.


    Kaizer Chiefs last five games

    WLDDL (20% win percentage)

    Ajax Cape Town last five games

    WDLDL (20% win percentage)


    25/02/17 Ajax Cape Town 1-1 Kaizer Chiefs

    15/10/16 Kaizer Chiefs 2-0 Ajax Cape Town

    16/04/16 Kaizer Chiefs 0-0 Ajax Cape Town

    Prediction has Kaizer Chiefs favourite at 0.75, a draw at 2.30, and an Ajax Cape Town win at 3.40.

    Kaizer Chiefs' form has been below standard, but they are still in third place, only six points behind leaders - who probably should be crowned champions already to save everyone time and heartache - Mamelodi Sundowns. There is enough experience in the team to recognise they can't drop any more points if they want to stay within touching distance.

    Ajax Cape Town have struggled to score goals this season, hence their position on the log. Stanley Menzo has lamented the lack of quality in his team

    “You have to be very critical in your signings‚ and sign players who can add something to your team. Who can lift the team up.

    “That’s not easy‚ but that’s what we have to do,” said Menzo.

    Scoring has been an issue with Absa Premiership clubs this season, but Ajax Cape Town has one the worst defensive record in the league as well. They are coming off two good results against the defending champions and the high flying Chippa United, their confidence must be high.

    Ajax will not park the bus. That tactic will play into Chiefs' hands because they have good enough players to exploit spaces. Whichever team scores first will have the advantage and I foresee a Kaizer Chiefs scoring a first-half goal and another in the second half. Kaizer Chiefs to win.

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