DStv Premiership 2021-22 predictions: season preview
Mamelodi Sundowns won the 2020-21 South African Premier Division title as they secured their fourth championship in a row. The 2021-22 Premier Soccer League is contested among 16 teams, and the one with the most points at the end of the season is getting the crown.
Premier Division teams that finish in the top 2 automatically qualify for the CAF Champions League. The third-placed team and the champions of the Nedbank Cup qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup. In cases in which the winner of the Nedbank Cup finishes in the top 3, the Nedbank Cup runners-up qualify for the other spot of the CAF Confederation Cup.
The team that finishes bottom of the table will be automatically relegated to the National First Division. The last relegation spot is decided in the mini-league play-offs. The 15th team of the DStv Premiership competes with the second and third of the National First Division.
Mamelodi Sundowns are still the strongest in the league and are looking to win their fifth title in a row. However, the 2021-22 season may be one of the most competitive in years.
Takebet Zimbabwe offers outright predictions of the DStv Premiership winner and the top 3 as well as South African Premier Division betting tips on all top matches in the course of a season.
Full list of teams participating in the 2021-22 South African Premier Division:
- Mamelodi Sundowns
- Sekhukhune United
- SuperSport United
- Royal AM
- Kaizer Chiefs
- Orlando Pirates
- Lamontville Golden Arrows
- Cape Town City
- Maritzburg United
- Marumo Gallants
- TS Galaxy
- Moroka Swallows
- Chippa United
Mamelodi Sundowns have been the best team in the South African Premier Division for years now, and they keep on dominating. The Sundowns have won the most league titles in the South African Premiership history with 11 league titles.The Brazilians secured a record-breaking fourth consecutive DStv Premiership league title during the 2020-21 season.
Mamelodi Sundowns finished top of the table with 67 points in 30 games. The team scored the most goals (49) while conceding the fewest goals in the league (14). The Brazilians reached the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup after defeating Orlando Pirates by four goals to one. They were knocked out by Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC in the semi-finals.
Mamelodi Sundowns finished top of their CAF Champions League table with 13 points. The Brazilians scored 10 goals while conceding four. Mamelodi Sundowns were knocked out of the CAF Champions League by Al Ahly in the quarter-finals. The Brazilians signed Divine Lunga, Pavol Safranko, Grant Kekana and Neo Maema during the transfer window.
Peter Shalulile was the second-highest goalscorer in the league during the 2020-21 South African Premier Division. Shalulile scored 15 league goals, one behind the highest goalscorer. Peter won the PSL Footballer of the Year after an incredible season with the Sundowns: he has scored 36 goals in 59 appearances. Shalulile scored 49 goals in 134 appearances for Highlands Park before joining Sundowns in September 2020.
Themba Zwane was the fifth-highest goalscorer in the South African Premier Division last season. He scored 10 goals. Zwane has been playing for Mamelodi Sundowns since 2011 when he made his debut. He has bagged 68 goals in 295 appearances for the club.
Other key players of Mamelodi Sundowns apart from Peter Shalulile and Themba Zwanw:
- Neo Maema
- Pavol Safranko
- Thabiso Kutumela
- Lyle Lakay
- Mosa Lebusa
Kaizer Chiefs are among the best teams in the South African Premier Division and are arguably the most popular. The Amakhosi have the second most league titles (4) in history. Kaizer Chiefs finished eighth in the 2020-21 DStv Premiership season. The Amakhosi had 36 points and scored 34 goals while conceding 37 goals with a goal difference of -3.
Kaizer Chiefs reached their first-ever CAF Champions League final in their history during the 2020-21 season. They qualified for the competition after finishing second in the previous season. Kaizer Chiefs were second in the group stage with nine points as they advanced to the play-offs. They scored five goals while conceding six goals in the group stage.
The Amakhosi defeated Simba by four goals to three on aggregate to qualify for the semi-finals. They went on to defeat Wydad AC by a goal to nil in the semis, but suffered a 0-3 defeat to Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League final as they finished as runners-up. The Amakhosi had their transfer ban lifted, which was imposed by FIFA in October 2020.
Keagan Dolly joined Kaizer Chiefs from Montpellier during the transfer window. The South African international played for Mamelodi Sundowns FC before joining Montpellier in 2017. He scored 10 goals in 57 appearances for them and scored just one goal for Montepellier before joining the Chiefs. Dolly will play a key role for the Amakhosi in the 2021-22 season.
Samir Nurkovic was the fourth-highest goalscorer in the CAF Champions League during the previous season. He scored three crucial goals helping Kaizer Chiefs reach their first final. Nurkovic provided one assist and created seven chances in this tournament.
Other key players of Kaizer Chiefs apart from Keagan Dolly and Samir Nurkovic:
- Khama Billiat
- Bernard Parker
- Sifiso Hlanti
- Daniel Cardoso
- Lazarous Kambole
Orlando Pirates finished third in the South African Premier Division during the 2020-21 season. The Pirates had 50 points in 30 games. They won 13 games, drew 11 games and lost six games. Orlando scored 33 goals while conceding 22 goals with a goal difference of +11. The Pirates have the joint-second-most league titles in history with four premierships.
Orlando Pirates won the 2020 MTN 8 competition title as they defeated Bloemfontein Celtic in the final. The Pirates got a 1-0 victory over Cape Town City in the quarter-finals before smashing Kaizer Chiefs by three goals to nil in the semis. They got a 2-1 victory over Bloemfontein Celtic in the final to secure the title.
The Pirates finished second in their group of the CAF Confederation Cup. They had nine points as they secured two wins and suffered one loss. Orlando Pirates scored five goals while conceding two goals with a goal difference of +3. The Pirates suffered a heavy defeat to Raja Casablanca in the quarter-finals. On top of that, Orlando Pirates were knocked out by Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarter-finals of the Nedbank Cup.
Deon Hotto joined the club in 2020 and has been a key player. Hotto has scored four goals in 24 appearances for Orlando Pirates. Prior to that, he played for Bidvest Wits where he scored 11 goals in 57 appearances.
Onassis Mntambo has scored 10 goals in 63 appearances for Orlando Pirates. He joined the club from Chippa United where he scored five goals in 14 appearances. Mntambo is a key player for Orlando.
Other key players of Orlando Pirates apart from Deon Hotto and Onassis Mntambo :
- Tshegofatso John Mabasa
- Goodman Mosele
- Happy Jele
- Abel Mabaso
- Kabelo Dlamini
SuperSport United finished fifth during the 2020-21 South African Premier Division. The Swanky Boys had 45 points in 30 games as they won 11 games, drew 12 and lost seven. Supersport United scored 37 goals while conceding 31 with a difference of +6. The Swanky Boys have won the South African league title three times in their history.
SuperSport United were knocked out of the Nedbank Cup after suffering a 0-1 defeat to Tshakhuma in the second round. They were knocked out of the 2021 MTN 8 by Golden Arrows on penalties after playing 2-2 in normal time in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Bradley Grobler was the highest goalscorer in the 2020-21 South African Premier Division. Grobler scored 16 goals as he won the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot. The South African international joined SuperSport United in 2013 and has made 218 appearances while scoring 65 goals in that period. He scored four goals in 13 appearances for Cape Town Spurs before joining SuperSport United. Grobler is a very important player for the squad.
Thamsanqa Gabuza scored six goals during the 2020-21 season. Gabuza joined the club in 2019 and has been astonishing. He has scored 19 goals in 74 appearances. Gabuza played for Orlando Pirates between 2013 till 2019 where he scored 15 goals in 94 appearances.
Other key players of SuperSport United apart from Bradley Grobler and Thamsanqa Gabuza:
- Teboho Mokoena
- Ghampani Lungu
- Sipho Mbule
- Jamie Webber
- Thatayaone Ditlhokwe
Betting odds of 2021-22 South African Premier Soccer League
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There are six teams with chances to win the 2021-22 South African Premier Division worth noting. Mamelodi Sundowns are favourites to retain the title for the fifth consecutive season.
South African Premier Division 2021-22 winner betting odds (Jan 2022):
- Mamelodi Sundowns — 1.04 (0.04 South African Decimal; -2500 American; 1/25 Fractional)
- Kaizer Chiefs — 13.00 (12.00; +1200; 12/1)
- Sekhukhune United — 23.00 (22.00; +2200; 22/1)
- Royal AM — 26.00 (25.00; +2500; 25/1)
- SuperSport United — 34.00 (33.00; +3300; 33/1)
- Orlando Pirates — 61.00 (60.00; +6000; 60/1)
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South African teams combine contrasting styles of play into their own unique style.
Let’s take the champions of the 2020-21 DStv Premiership, Mamelodi Sundowns, as an example. They are nicknamed “the Brazilians” for a reason. The Sundowns play with flair and passion, combining the Italian and the Spanish styles, and that happens to be quite entertaining. Mamelodi Sundowns are also called “Shoe Shine and Piano” as they use quick short passes to find pockets of space which is linked to the famous Tiki-taka style of play.
Teams such as SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates love to widen the pitch. The Pirates are up for playing high-intensity football as they use high pressing to win the ball back in the attacking third. Other teams sometimes love to sit back and hit their rivals on the counter.
This is the kind of knowledge we turn to when analysing matchups for DStv Premiership tips.
And here are some stats our experts use for South African Premier Soccer League tips:
- Goals scored and conceded
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- Expected goals (xG)
- Shots on/off-target
- Shots conceded
- Ball possession percentages
- Passing accuracy
- Defensive ratios: tackles, interceptions, fouls
- Offensive ratios: dribbles, fouls conceded
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