TTM v Kaizer Chiefs Match Report, 2021/05/04, PSL
The Glamour Boys missed a chance to move into the top eight after succumbing to a slender defeat in Polokwane
Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation from the PSL by defeating Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Two goals from Thabo Rakhale and Thabo Mnyamane earned Vhadau Vha Damani a narrow win, while Lebogang Manyama grabbed Amakhosi’s consolation goal.
Vhadau Vha Damani were looking to return to winning ways after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Black Leopards last weekend and also avenge their first-round 3-0 loss to Chiefs in January 2021.
Coach Dylan Kerr adopted an offensive approach with attackers Thabo Rakhale, Thabo Mnyamane, Celimpilo Ngema, Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo and Lerato Lamola all starting.
On the other hand, Amakhosi were determined to snap their two-match winless run having let a two-goal lead slip in their 2-2 draw with Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday.
Kerr’s counterpart, Gavin Hunt made three changes to the team which faced Celtic with Bruce Bvuma, Reeve Frosler and Ramahlwe Mphahlele all making their return to the starting line-up.
TTM did most of the attacking in the opening stages with Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo causing problems to the Chiefs defence which saw Njabulo Blom pick up an early yellow card after fouling the diminutive attacker.
Bvuma was called into action by Thabo Mnyamane’s long-range shot and the Chiefs goalkeeper produced a brilliant diving save to deny the former SuperSport United forward.
Amakhosi were reduced to 10 players in the 38th minute after Blom was red-carded with the Chiefs midfield maestro having picked up his second yellow card of the game following another foul on Ndlondlo.
The hosts then took advantage of their numerical superiority over Chiefs in the 42nd minute when Rakhale controlled a cross from Mnyamane, before scoring to make it 1-0 to TTM heading into the half-time break.
Chiefs piled pressure on TTM with Manyama dribbling past two defenders on the edge of the box, before unleashing a low shot which was well-saved by TTM goalkeeper Washington Arubi.
The visitors were then awarded a penalty after Samir Nurkovic was fouled in the box by Ayanda Nkili and Manyama scored from the rebound to make it 1-1 in the 66th minute after Arubi had blocked his initial shot from the penalty spot.
The two teams then attacked each other as they searched for the winning goal and Mnyamane hit the side-netting, while Bernard Parker’s thunderous effort hit the crossbar at the other end.
The hosts were awarded a penalty in stoppage time after Siyabonga Ngezana was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box and Mnyamane converted the resultant penalty to seal TTM’s 2-1 win on the night.
As a result, Tshakhuma moved up to 14th place on the league table as they climbed out of the relegation zone and they will face Chippa United in the Nedbank Cup final on Saturday.
While Chiefs remained ninth on the standings as their hopes of finishing in the top eight took another knock and they are set to take on Swallows FC in a PSL clash on April 12.
Kaizer Chiefs in goalkeeper crisis, Mathoho ruled out of TTM clash, Cardoso suspended
Kaizer Chiefs in goalkeeping crisis, Mathoho ruled out of TTM clash, Cardoso suspended
Amakhosi have entered a crucial stage of their PSL campaign with injuries to key players
Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed that they would be without goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and defender Erick Mathoho in Tuesday’s Premier Soccer League clash against Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
The Soweto giants are facing a goalkeeping crisis as Daniel Akpeyi lasted just 45 minutes after suffering a concussion during the 2-2 draw against Bloemfontein Celtic last Saturday.
This leaves Bruce Bvuma and Brylon Petersen as the only fit goalkeepers.
With centre-back Mathoho injured as he could not finish the Bloemfontein match, Chiefs’ defence could be at the mercy of the TTM attack as Daniel Cardoso is out after picking his fourth yellow card.
Chiefs are in Limpopo, heavily weakened without star attacker Khama Billiat who is “starting to run” after injuring his leg which saw him out of action from January to early April.
Khune - shoulder injury, still hasn’t recovered
Akpeyi - light concussion
Mathoho - ankle ligament, out 7-10 days
Lesako - knee ligament, out 2-3 weeks
Billiat - starting to run
Cardoso - suspended
Mashiane & Ngcobo - passed late fitness tests#Amakhosi4Life pic.twitter.com/4MJNxv2ozX — Kaizer Chiefs (@KaizerChiefs) May 3, 2021
But what could be worrisome for Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt is arriving in Limpopo with a depleted defence.
In almost every interview, the former SuperSport United coach had complained about his porous backline.
“I thought it was a good performance again today. But the old Achilles Heel of our team, you know, is defending,” Hunt said after the draw against Celtic.
“I always say you can’t win anything without good defending, defending starts from the front.”
“Daniel got a heck of a bang on the head so he’s got a bit of concussion‚ and ‘Tower’ [Mathoho] has done something‚ I think a groin.
“A bit unfortunate, as I said the whole season, we have been making changes, forced changes, before half-time, after half-time.
“In football, it sometimes throws you off a little bit. But in saying that, I thought we had the better of the chances, we had more than enough to win the game. But you can’t come away and score two goals and then draw the game, you should have been defending better, but it is what it is.
“If the players weren’t giving everything, that would be a problem. But they’re giving everything every week, they’re trying and working hard and that’s the most important thing in football.”
Chiefs’ opponents TTM are second from bottom and fighting against relegation.
TTM vs Kaizer Chiefs prediction, betting odds & free tips (04/05/2021)
The South African league is drawing to a close and there are still a few unanswered questions, especially in the relegation battle. One of the matches that could provide some clarity is the TTM vs Kaizer Chiefs duel, so check our preview of this game:
The best free betting tips for TTM vs Kaizer Chiefs
With both teams struggling at the moment, it’s hard to offer a prediction on the TTM vs Kaizer Chiefs game. Still, we have chosen a few of our favourite betting predictions to help you out a bit:
These odds from Betfred were correct at the time of writing. Check your betslip before confirming.
TTM and Kaizer Chiefs to Draw
Even though TTM desperately needs to get a win here, their current form suggests that it likely won’t happen. The team that bought its way into the Premier Division may quickly be relegated from it, although the hope is still alive. The first game between these two teams ended in a 3-0 Kaizer Chiefs win, but we think that a draw is the most likely result in this match since both teams are playing badly at the moment.
TTM and Kaizer Chiefs to Draw at Half Time
The majority of matches that end in a draw are also equal at half time, so our prediction is for TTM and Kaizer Chiefs to draw at half time as well. Furthermore, TTM has drawn at half time in six of their twelve home games, while Kaizer Chiefs has done the same in five of their twelve away games.
Both Teams to Score – Yes
While we didn’t see both teams score in the first-ever match between these two teams earlier this season, we believe that this could happen now. Kaizer Chiefs averages 2.28 goals per game, which is the second-best score in the Premier Division. Also, both teams have scored in 60% of their games, and with TTM having to chase the win, we can see this happening in their duel.
TTM vs Kaizer Chiefs preview: A crucial game for TTM
The home team is in the fight for survival since they are currently in the relegation zone of the South African league. meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs seems safe in their mid-table spot, but they are not that far from a relegation battle if they go on a poor streak. So, let’s take a closer look at these teams:
Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, often referred to as TTM or just Tshakhuma, is in a dangerous position right now. The team is 15th in the South African league and if they stay there they will have to play more games to avoid relegation. However, TTM is only two points away from safety and they have played two games fewer than Chippa Utd, the team that is in 14th place. That being said, Tshakhuma has been playing poorly in recent weeks, with five losses in their last eight games in the league.
With 29 points from 25 games, Kaizer Chiefs are closer to relegation than they are to a spot in the African club competitions. That being said, the team looks pretty secure in the mid of the table and with only five games to go, they are unlikely to slide down to fight against relegation. Kaizer Chiefs are not in the best form at the moment, with five losses in their last eight games, along with two wins and a draw.
Top odds and useful stats for TTM vs Kaizer Chiefs
The odds for TTM vs Kaizer Chiefs can vary from one website to another. With that in mind, we have selected a few bookies and their odds to help you find the best ones:
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