Absa Premiership, Saturday 6th October


It’s another big weekend in the Absa Premiership and we take a look at three of Saturday’s matches including a derby between Free State Stars and Bloem Celtic, Kaizer Chiefs home game against Polokwane City and Orlando Pirates visit to Amazulu


Free State Stars v Bloem Celtic

Free State continue to find it tough going with just 8 points from 9 matches. They have won just twice this season, drawing another 2 and losing 5. Goal scoring is the big problem with just 6 registered whilst 12 have been conceded. In midweek they were beaten 1-0 at Chippa but 7 of their 8 points have arrived in home fixtures.

Celtic played out a 0-0 draw at home to Sundowns in midweek and they finished the round in fourth spot, 2 points behind log leaders Wits. Celtic have 1 game in hand on the Clever Boys and 2 on the other sides above them in the standings so they remain handily placed despite failing to score in their last 2 league outings.  Celtic are unbeaten on the road with 7 points from 3 road trips.

This fixture finished 1-1 last season and Celtic were 3-0 winners when the sides met in Bloem.

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Free State 7/4

Draw 18/10

Bloem Celtic 19/10

Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change

Suggested bet: Both halves under 1.5 goals? (yes) at 8/10

Celtic would seem to be the more likely winner on current form but with their goals drying up we will take an interest in no more than 1 goal in both halves of football.


Kaizer Chiefs v Polokwane City

Chiefs 3 match winning streak came to an end in midweek when they played out a 0-0 draw away at Highlands Park but their unbeaten run no spans 7 matches. They missed some golden opportunities in the Highlands game and they come into the weekend program in third spot, 2 points off the pace although they have played 1 game more than Wits.

Polokwane are 3 points behind Chiefs in the standings but they have played 2 games fewer. They drew 1-1 at home to Supersport in midweek, stretching their unbeaten run to 5 games, 3 of which have ended in victory. Their stand out result away from home is a 1-0 victory at league leaders Wits, a result they achieved despite playing most of the game with 10 men.

Last season Chiefs won their home fixture 2-1 against Polokwane and the other meeting ended in a 0-0 draw.

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Chiefs 9/10

Draw 22/10

Polokwane 7/2

Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change

Suggested bet: Match result draw at 22/10

It’s a while since either of these sides lost and it could be worth noting the game will be played in Durban behind closed doors. It’s possible that the empty stadium could lead to a subdued encounter and preference is for the draw.


Amazulu v Orlando Pirates

Amazulu’s 6 point deduction for a breach of rules has seen them plummet to the bottom of the standings. They now have just 2 points, 4 shy of second bottom Baroka and in midweek they drew 0-0 at home to Maritzburg. Technically they are unbeaten at home with 2 wins and 2 draws, one of which was a 3-3 thriller with Sundowns.

Pirates once again fluffed their lines in Orlando in midweek, drawing 0-0 with Golden Arrows. Their away form is more impressive with 3 wins and 1 defeat with the victories coming at Baroka, Black Leopards and Chippa. The Bucs finished the midweek program in second spot, 1 point shy of Wits although they have played a game more than the league leaders who are not in action until Sunday.

Last season Pirates were 2-1 winners in KZN and the teams drew 1-1 in Orlando.

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Amazulu 24/10

Draw 37/20

Pirates 14/10

Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change

Suggested bet: Both teams to score? (yes) at 19/20

Pirates were well below par in midweek but their away form is worth noting. The Bucs style of play often gives their opponents a chance too and we side with both sides to find the net.