Sundowns set for yet another record?

Mamelodi Sundowns can equal a long-standing DStv Premiership record for most clean sheets in a row when they travel to Lamontville Golden Arrows on Wednesday.

Sundowns have gone nine games without conceding in the league if you include the end of last season and will match Wits University’s run of 10 games at the start of the 2003-04 campaign if they can keep Abafana Bes’thende at bay.

But Golden Arrows are one of a handful of clubs who have breach3ed their defence this campaign in all competitions, having done so in the first leg of their MTN8 semifinal in a 1-1 draw.

Kaizer Chiefs (2-2, MTN8 quarterfinal) and Congolese side Maniema Union (2-2, CAF Champions League) are the others, but no side has breached their defence in six league games so far.

The last player to score in the league against The Brazilians is Teboho Mokoena with a late consolation for SuperSport United in a 3-1 win in May.

If Sundowns do keep another clean-sheet, they will have the chance to hold the record outright when they host Maritzburg United in early November.

Sundowns are also on course to match or beat a few of their other records this season.

The most number of goals scored in a 30-game DStv Premiership season is 55 by The Brazilians in the 2015-16 campaign. They currently have 11 goals in six games this term, which extended across a full 30 games would also leave them with 55 if they scored at the same rate.

The most points gained in a 30-game season is 71 by Tshwane side, also in 2015-16, and they have 16 from six matches this term. Extended over 30 games at the same rate would leave them with 80 points.

Sundowns have also not lost away at the home of their opposition in the league for coming on two years, since a 1-0 defeat at Orlando Pirates in January 2020.

They did lose 1-0 in an ‘away’ fixture at Cape Town City in the Gauteng bio-bubble, but ironically the match was actually played at their Loftus Stadium home, which City had been given to use during the bubble.

In all, Sundowns have a single league defeat in their last 38 games home or away, which came against Kaizer Chiefs in April when they led 1-0 and were in complete control, but inexplicably let the AmaKhosi score twice in three second half minutes to turn the result around.

Co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi still bristles when he talks about that match and rightly so, it stopped Sundowns having an ‘Invincible’ league season in 2020-21 as it was their only defeat.

Can they now go through this campaign without a loss? © Mzansi Football

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