What would under normal circumstances have been an overnight excursion to the Limpopo Province to face Polokwane City for Chiefs, has turned out to be a journey of just under an hour for Amakhosi as they get ready to play their second Absa Premiership game since the league resumed earlier this week. The Glamour Boys will face Polokwane City in their hosts designated home for the remainder of the season at the Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria on Saturday at 15:30.
Chiefs have already been in league action since the resumption of activities with a 1-1 draw against Bidvest Wits at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday evening. For Polokwane City, this will be their first game since the restart of the league. They were last in league action on 6 March when they went down 1-0 to Maritzburg United away from home, prior to the league being halted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The sides met earlier in the season with Polokwane City winning 1-0 at Soccer City on 14 September. That loss sparked Chiefs into action as they went on a good streak winning their next eight league games. Which put Chiefs in a strong position to challenge for the title. Amakhosi will now be targeting another win as they look to go on a strong run and collect as many points as they can in their remaining seven clashes of season.
Chiefs’ away form has been strong this season, winning 8 of their 11 games on the road, which has included 2 draws and a single loss. Chiefs have also picked up 26 points away from home the most that any team has managed to collect from their games away from home this campaign.
The two teams have a history stretching back almost 12 years with the sides’ first meeting in the 2008-09 season when City were still known as Bay United before they were bought out and moved to the Limpopo Province. Including those clashes in 2008-09, the teams have met on 15 occasions with Chiefs winning 6 games, with a further 6 ending in a draw and Polokwane City winning the remaining three games.
The first game between the sides with the team known as Polokwane City took place when they were still competing in the first division. City had made it to the round of 16 in the Nedbank Cup in March 2013. Chiefs won the game 2-0 with goals from Sthembiso Ngcobo and Kingston Nkhatha, en-route to Chiefs going onto eventually winning the title.
Bernard Parker is Chiefs leading scorer against Polokwane City in league games having netted four goals in 12 appearances against them. Chiefs have also managed to score two or more goals in league games against Polokwane City on seven occasions.
The previous 15 league games between the sides have produced 37 goals at 2,47 goals per game with Chiefs scoring 23 goals at 1,53 goals per game and Polokwane City scoring 14 at 0.94 goals per game.
This will be Chiefs second league game for the season at Loftus Versveld and they will be hoping for the same kind of result that they achieved on their previous visit there back in October last year when they defeated Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0.