There are two DSTV Premiership matches taking place on Friday night and we take a look at each of them from a betting angle.
Let’s start with good news for punters and that is that bookmakers have now priced up an Outright Market without Mamelodi Sundowns and here we have Richards Bay trading as 3/1 with SuperSport United 33/10. You can get 7/2 Pirates, 4/1 Chiefs and 12/1 and better the balance.
SWALLOWS v RICHARDS BAY – Click here to bet
Swallows are currently 2nd from bottom of the log with only 1 win in their last 7 matches. Last time out they drew 0-0 at home to SuperSport and they are undefeated in their last 4 home games. 5 of the 9 Swallows home games have delivered profits for over 2.5 goal backers, but they all came earlier in the season and the last 4 have had 2 goals or less in them.
Richards Bay are flying high, second on the table, a distant 21 points behind Sundowns with two games in hand but 2 points ahead of SuperSport United and 3 points ahead of Orlando Pirates. Richards Bay are undefeated in their last 3 games and have only lost 1 of their last 10. They drew 1-1 to AmaZulu last time out and prior to that the same score line away at SuperSport. They have only lost 1 match on the road this season and only 2 of their 9 away games have reached the 3 goal mark.
I expect we are going to get a tight, low scoring encounter here and the draw stands out as the value.
Suggested Bet: The draw at 2/1
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MARITZBURG UNITED v AMAZULU – Click here to bet
Maritzburg United are currently 14th on the table sitting just outside the Relegation Zone. They saw a 3 match winning run ended when they lost 1-0 at Chippa United last time out. Looking at their home record, Maritzburg have won 3 and drawn 2 of their 9 matches and their last home game was a 3-1 win over Royal AM.
AmaZulu are currently 8th on the log with just 1 defeat in their last 9 matches, but 6 of those 9 games had finished in draws. They drew 1-1 at Richards Bay last time out and 1-1 at home to Marumo Gallants before that. They have only won 1 match on the road this season, drawing 6 of their 9 away games.
Looking at the teams’ goal scoring records, 5 of the 9 Maritzburg United matches have reached the 3 goal mark including 4 of their last 5 so by PSL standards that is pretty high scoring. However if we have a look at AmaZulu their away games averaged just 1.3 goals each this season with only 1 of the 9 matches reaching the 3 goal mark.
I wouldn’t put anyone off backing the goalless draw here as it arrived in 4 of the last 10 head-to-heads between the sides and there is very seldom much between these teams.
Optimists can get 19/10 over 2.5 goals, but I am going to suggest that the draw is once again the play here.
Suggested Bet: The draw at 19/10
Note: All prices correct at the time of writing but are subject to change