Nedbank Cup Quarterfinals: A quick guide11/04/2017
The Nedbank Cup Quarterfinal draw has thrown up some tasty ties. Here is a quick guide on what to look out for in the four matches.
LAMONTVILLE GOLDEN ARROWS VS PLATINUM STARS
This is usually a match-up that produces goals, with just a single 0-0 draw in the 30 previous meetings between the sides.
And who can forget the epic 6-4 victory for Stars in the 2012/13 season that remains a record for most goals in a single Premier League fixture.
Stars have won both matches played this season, a 1-0 success away in November and a 2-0 home success just last month. Goalkeeper Mbomgeni Mzimela (penalty), Tintswalo Tshabalala and former Golden Arrows forward Bongi Ntuli grabbed the goals in those games for Dikwena.
These sides met in the 2009 Nedbank Cup, with Stars running out winners on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
The sides also clashed in the Nedbank Cup competition in 2004 and it was the same result, a shoot-out win for Stars after a 1-1 draw.
The 14 previous matches between the sides at Golden Arrows’ home have resulted in five wins for Abafana Bes’thende, four for Stars and five draws.
KAIZER CHIEFS VS SUPERSPORT UNITED
These two have plenty of history in the Nedbank Cup competition and it has largely been honours even.
United claimed victory in the 1999 final with a 2-1 success as the late Thomas Madigage and Glen Salmon were on target.
But Chiefs got revenge in the 2013 decider when Bernard Parker scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory. The other four meetings in the competition in earlier rounds have resulted in three wins for AmaKhosi and one for SuperSport.
The teams played to a 1-1 draw earlier this season in the league, with the reverse fixture to be played eight days after their Nedbank Cup clash.
SuperSport had generally performed well at Chiefs, but have just a single away win over the AmaKhosi since 2009, bucking the trend.
The defending champions from Tshwane have a single defeat in their last 11 Nedbank Cup matches.
ORLANDO PIRATES VS BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC
Orlando Pirates take on Free State opposition for the second round running after dispatching Free State Stars 4-1 in the Last 16.
And they have certainly not had it all their own way against Celtic in the Nedbank Cup competition in the past.
They claimed 2-1 successes in 1993 and 2010, but suffered a penalty shoot-out defeat in 2007 after a 2-2 draw, and then lost 2-1 in 2009, leaving the head-to-head at two wins each.
Celtic claimed a 2-1 away success in the league in December, as an error from goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane for a Lantshane Phalane goal led to the victory.
In fact, Pirates have only two wins in their last 10 meetings with Celtic, making the Bloemfontein side something of a bogey team for Kjell Jonevret’s men.
Pirates are seeking a fourth Nedbank Cup final since 2008, having lifted the trophy in 2011 and 2014, but lost out last year to SuperSport United.
CHIPPA UNITED VS JOMO COSMOS
This will be a first ever cup meeting between these two clubs with their four previous meetings all coming in the league – two in the top-flight and two in the National First Division.
Chippa have won two of those, with Cosmos claiming a thrilling 4-3 success in November 2015 and the other match ending in a draw. Cosmos are therefore yet to win a game away at the Chilli Boyz.
There have never been less than three goals in a game between teams, with the aggregate total after four matches a healthy 17.
Chippa have reached the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals for the first time in their history having never previously won a game in the competition since they first entered in 2011.
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