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Nedbank Cup semi-finals: Big Match Stats Pack

5:46 PM SGT 20/4/19
Kaizer Chiefs Ernst Middendorp, February 2019
With the Nedbank Cup having reached its business end, Goal provides an interesting stats pack ahead of Saturday's semi-finals

  • Nedbank Cup trophy, May 2018

    #1 And then there were four

    The Nedbank Cup once again promises excitement as the tournament quickly reaches its conclusion. 

    With only four teams left in the competition, the clubs involved may start to believe in their ambition for silverware.

    In the first game of the day, Golden Arrows take on TS Galaxy in what will be the latter's first Cup final in South African football.

    Meanwhile, the day's other clash will have a determined Kaizer Chiefs continue in their search of ending their trophy drought. 

    Here are some interesting stats ahead of the Saturday's crunch encounter...  

  • TS Galaxy, March 2019

    #2 Free scoring Galaxy look to upset the applecart

    TS Galaxy head into the clash as underdogs due to the fact that they feature in the country's National First Division (NFD). 

    However, they have netted 11 goals in the four games that they have played thus far.

    Galaxy though have not come up against Premier Soccer League (PSL) opponents in the tournament and the clash against Abafana Bes'thende will be their toughest test yet.

  • Steve Komphela with Golden Arrows players

    #3 Arrows home form to count against them?

    While playing at home is often seen as advantageous, for Arrows they have seemingly struggled in KwaZulu-Natal of late.

    Steve Komphela's men have won just two of their last five games at home in all competitions. 

  • Nkosingiphile Gumede of Lamontville Golden Arrows

    #4 Arrows stingy at the back

    Although, TS Galaxy have scored 11 goals in the tournament, they will come up against one of the Nedbank Cup's stingiest defences. 

    Arrows have conceded just two goals on the road to the final four 

  • Lerato Lamola - Golden Arrows 02032017

    #5 Arrows v Galaxy: The danger man

    Arrows' have netted seven goals in the Cup with Lerato Lamola and Knox Mutizwa the club's top scorers in the tournament with two goals apiece. 

    On the side of the away side, all eyes will be on Sizwe Mdlinzo and Zakhele Lepasa, who have allotted four goals between them. 

  • Hendrick Ekstein, Kaizer Chiefs & Thabo Rakhale, Chippa United, April 2018

    #6 Chiefs boast dominant record against Chippa

    Elsewhere, all eyes are likely to fall on the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday. 

    Amakhosi and the Chilli Boys have met on 12 previous occasions.

    Chiefs have walked away victorious on six occasions, while the Chilli Boys have won four, but the Soweto giants have never beaten Chippa since 2017.  

  • Teenage Hadebe, Kaizer Chiefs

    #7 Middendorp transforms defence

    Since Ernst Middendorp took over Chiefs, they have netted just six goals on their road to last four, but it is their defensive prowess which has stood out the most. 

    The tournament's most successful side with 13 trophies are yet to be breached in this year's competition. 

  • Leonardo Castro and Bernard Parker March 2019 Kaizer Chiefs

    #8 Amakhosi leave it late

    Chiefs are known to leave it late this season. 

    The Glamour Boys have scored 66.7% of their goals in the final 15 minutes of their respective games. 

  • Clinton Larsen, Chippa United

    #9 Chippa's struggles at home

    Chippa's Achilles heel of late has been their home form which could count against them against Chiefs. 

    The Eastern Cape-based outfit have won just one of their last five games at home.