Cape Town City vs Polokwane City - Cape Town Stadium to be treated to goal fest

Rise and Shine to struggle against in-form Citizens
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The crowd at Cape Town Stadium is likely to see plenty of goals when Cape Town City host Polokwane City in the South African PSL. (Getty Images)

    Contents

  • Cape Town City vs Polokwane City Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
  • Cape Town City FC Form & Team News
  • Polokwane City FC Form & Team News
  • Cape Town City vs Polokwane City Head-to-Head
  • Cape Town City vs Polokwane City Match Up
  • Cape Town City vs Polokwane City Key Statistics
  • Verdict

Cape Town City vs Polokwane City Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


In-form Cape Town City host Polokwane City, the surprise package of the South African PSL season at Cape Town Stadium on Friday. The team from the Mother City is backed for a sixth home win in a row at 1.95 and I am predicting over 2.5 goals at 2.40.

Cape Town City FC Form & Team News


Cape Town City beat PSL leaders Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 at Athlone Stadium in their last match. Sundowns opened the scoring in the 14th minute but Kermit Erasmus levelled early in the second half. Chris David then scored a late winner.

This was City’s fifth home win on the trot in all competitions. It followed a 3-2 away win at Bidvest Wits. Benni McCarthy’s men have therefore beaten two title frontrunners in consecutive fixtures.

The Citizens are the Absa Premiership’s top scorers and trail Sundowns by just four points. All of their last five matches have seen over 2.5 goals with City scoring two or more.

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Benni McCarthy was a UEFA Champions League winning striker in his day and appears to have passed on his goalscoring wisdom to his players at Cape Town City. (Getty Images)

Polokwane City FC Form & Team News


Polokwane City beat Golden Arrows 2-0 at home in their last match. Jozef Vukusic’s men were however held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Free State Stars in their most recent away fixture. 

Rise and Shine have won two, drawn three and lost two of their last seven fixtures in all competitions. Nine of their last 13 matches have seen over 2.5 goals.

An away win on Friday is paying 4.10 with a draw paying 3.15. This is not due to any weakness on Polokwane City’s part but rather the strength of their opponents. 

Cape Town City vs Polokwane City Head-to-Head


Cape Town City beat Polokwane City 2-1 in the reverse fixture in November. Ayanda Patosi and Siphelele Mthembu scored for the away side on the day before Mohammed Anas pulled one back from the penalty spot.

Cape Town City and Polokwane City have met six times since the former’s formation in 2016. Cape Town City have won four matches with one Polokwane City win and one draw. Rise and Shine have lost all three away matches.

Cape Town City vs Polokwane City Match Up


Friday will see two in-form strikers face off at Cape Town Stadium. Kermit Erasmus has scored three goals in his last three appearances and Mohammed Anas four in his last three. Erasmus deserves special credit for netting in two matches against Mamelodi Sundowns and one against Bidvest Wits.

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Kermit Erasmus has scored in each of Cape Town City's last three fixtures. (Getty Images)

Cape Town City vs Polokwane City Key Statistics


  • Cape Town City have won their last 5 home matches (all competitions).
  • Cape Town City have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 5 matches (all competitions).
  • Polokwane City have lost all 3 away matches against Cape Town City (all competitions).

Verdict


This match is likely to see plenty of action at both ends but Cape Town City are the stronger side and home advantage will work to their benefit. I am tipping a Cape Town City win at 1.95. 

There is value backing over 2.5 goals at 2.40 and my correct score prediction is a 3-1 win for Benni McCarthy’s outfit at 18.00.

Best Bet: Cape Town City Win @ 1.95 at bet365 - 4 Units
Over/Under Tip: Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.40 at bet365 - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: Cape Town City Win 3-1 @ 18.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit
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Leonard Solms 13 March 2019

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