Seven matches were played in the DStv Premiership during the week, with just eleven goals scored. Sundowns will be the happiest of teams after beating Pirates away from home, but there were also notable wins for Golden Arrows, SuperSport and Sekhukhune. We look back at the midweek action, with 10 stats that stood out for us.
DStv Premiership Midweek Stats
Lightning strikes twice
1:07 – Terrence Dzvukamanja’s opener for SuperSport v Chiefs after 67 seconds was the joint-earliest goal scored this season. 24 hours earlier, Ntsako Makhubela had also scored after 67 seconds for Swallows v Stellenbosch.
Arrows mount a comeback
3 – This was only the third time in PSL history that Arrows came back from a half-time deficit away from home to win a league game:
- Feb 25, 2006, won v Maritzburg under Khabo Zondo
- Apr 3, 2013, won v Chippa under Manqoba Mngqithi
- Sep 19, 2023, won v Cape Town Spurs under Khanyeza
Arrows have started the season well
14 – Arrows have 14 points from 7 games to start the season. Only once before (15 points in 2008/9) have they started the season with a better points total.
Sundowns equal a record
31 – In beating Orlando Pirates last night, Mamelodi Sundowns equalled the record for longest unbeaten league run in PSL history (now at 31 games; P31 W25 D6 L0 since September 2022).
Sundowns near a record
7 – Sundowns have a 100% record in the league so far this season (P7 W7 D0 L0), just the 2nd team in PSL history to win each of their first seven league games of a top flight campaign (also 2014 Chiefs, who ended on 8 wins).
Pirates hoodoo continues
26 – Orlando Pirates have now lost 26 league matches v Sundowns, more than against any other opponent in PSL history.
Chiefs hoodoo continues
22 – Kaizer Chiefs have now lost 22 league games against SuperSport, more than against any other PSL opponent.
Chiefs slow starts to the season
8 – Chiefs have accumulated 8 points frm 7 games this season, exactly as they had last season (also 8 points from 7). Starting seasons slowly seems to be a recurring theme:
Cape Sides still struggling for a win
0 – Cape-based top-flight sides have not won any of the 13 games they’ve played across all competitions in over a month (P13 W0 D2 L11, since Stellies beat Royal AM 3-1 on 18 August).
1 – Cape Town Spurs are the only team yet to win a league game this season (P6 W0 D0 L6) & are the 2nd side in PSL history (after 1999 Bush Bucks) to start a top-flight season with six straight losses. Howevrer, Bush Bucks were not relegated that season.