The new Absa Premiership season kicked off on Tuesday with the game of the night probably being Gavin Hunts Bidvest Wits, who were runners up last year taking on 2015 champions, Kaiser Chiefs. Wits won it 2-1 and have continued in the same vein as last season, whilst Chiefs conversely got the result that they least wanted. It may only be the 1st game of the season but when coming off of a bad previous season, it is paramount to start the way you intend playing throughout the season. Chiefs are a traditional powerhouse and under-achieved last year finishing 5th and an anomaly of not being able to find the net at all in their last 4 home games and thus falling way short of a place finish in the PSL.
The 4 games yielded at least 2 goals in each match and hopefully that will set a precedent for the season and we will see far more overs than unders.
Along with Chiefs, traditional Soweto rivals, and SA football powerhouses, Orlando Pirates will also be keen to turn their fortune around. Pirates play at home against Golden Arrows on 24.08.2016 @19:30 and are backable at 7/10 to start the campaign off on a positive note. For some quirky reason this fixture more often than not yield high goals and the last encounter ended 4-1 and the last 12 head-to-heads have seen no fewer than 2 in each. I like trends and history, so I am going to bet on the over 1.5 goals @45/100 for my 1st ever punt on South African football. I’ve noticed that Arrows are no pushover for Chiefs based on history, so the match play doesn’t interest me at all.
Defending champions Mamelodi Sundown’s will start the title race as favourites after their record-breaking 14 point finish above 2nd placed Wits. They will kick off against Maritzburg United only on 14.09.2016 @19:30, as they have a CAF champions league match this week. Odds are not out now but 75/100 is my guesstimate given past results, it being early in the season, and the fact that their play away to Maritzburg.
Dan Malesela has built an impressive unit at Chippa United and they started off on a positive by beating Free state stars 2-1 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Many consider the Chilli Boys, outsiders for the title and this is a step in the right direction. Their home form as per tonight was excellent last year and finding the net on their away excursions was the Achilles heel. 2nd on the log on Home form but 12th away cost them a top 3 finish and I’m sure that they will give it more of a crack on away excursions this coming season. Most teams look for Draws on away fixtures as a good result and this rings true but 0-0s are a rarity I find in modern football so a draw doesn’t necessarily equate to no goals. A good defence and an away goal every other game, especially against bottom of the log opposition will go a long way to seeing them finish even higher up the log this season. A good outside punt for the title if you like longer odds
Wednesday night sees traditional Giants Pirates kick off their challenge and they will be hoping to kick start their challenge on a more positive note than their Soweto rivals
Betting for this fixture can be found on most South African sites but this is my choice:
19:30 Platinum Stars FC 1.15 Draw 2.05 Supersport United FC 2.3
19:30 Bloemfontein Celtic FC 1.05 Draw 2.10 Maritzburg United FC 2.45
19:30 Orlando Pirates FC 0.70 Draw 2.30 Lamontville Golden Arrows FC 3.75
Pirates are at home and at 7/10, certainly good value if you consider the history between the 2 sides. Last year Pirates did lose 2-0 at Home to this opponent but redeemed themselves by thrashing them later in the season in the away version of this fixture. Added to all the history before, I can see a 3-0 2-1 score line.
To end off with, I would just like to state that I messaged 10 of the large local betting sites in South Africa enquiring as to when /if and where the long term PSL markets like top Goal scorer, To Win the PSL and just very basic markets as per the EPL or Laliga . I got one helpful response from Bet.co.za which pointed me to the link which was hidden away slightly. He explained that those markets are offered but are very inconsistent regarding availability as they close whilst game days are on. I would say days before and after would be more accurate but it was a fair answer. I will keep browsing and enquiring as well as suggesting markets like the Regional markets in the EPL, where you select teams from regions like London or the North east etc. or in our case something like The winner to come from Soweto or A Cape Town team would be awesome!