Pirates register worst conversion rate

Posted: 24 August 2018 Time: 19:30

Orlando Pirates' poor start to the new season has come under early scrutiny, with the latest statistics having revealed a sad reality for coach Milutin Sredojevic's side.

Plenty of excitement had built ahead of the start of the 2018/19 domestic season, with Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Pirates supporters all anticipating a promising showing from their respective clubs.

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However, a glance at the log leaves a lot to be desired, with Amakhosi lagging in 13th position while the Buccaneers occupy a modest ninth place.

The Brazilians are the only side amongst the 'big three' who have yet to lose a match in their three league outings thus far, and their current standing in fifth spot is perhaps more understandable given their CAF Champions League activity.

The two Soweto giants, along with Baroka and Bidvest Wits, have also played one more fixture than the rest of the teams, making it somewhat more concerning.

Looking beneath the surface of their poor start though, statistics have shown some further concerns for Pirates, who have managed only two league goals this season – only Maritzburg United have scored (one) less.

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Chiefs have not been all too convincing themselves with three goals in their four matches, while Sundowns are slightly better with three goals in three.

Wits currently lead the way with seven goals in four games, followed by Bloemfontein Celtic and Black Leopards with five goals each from three outings.

Delving slightly deeper, Bucs have registered the second-highest number of shots at goal in the league this season (55), with Bakgaga registering the most (61).

Placing this into context, Sredojevic will be cringing at his side's conversion rate of just one goal having been scored in every 27,5 shots at goal.

Giovanni Solinas will neither be pleased with The Glamour Boys requiring 17,3 shots per goal, having registered 52 shots in their four matches.

Downs, meanwhile, are much more efficient in front of goal having scored a goal in every eight shots, with their total number of shots perhaps a concern for Pitso Mosimane as it sits only at 24 from their three fixtures.

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The Clever Boys understandably boast the best conversion rate with Gavin Hunt's side hitting the back of the net every 4,6 shots at goal.

Top 5 Absa Prem conversion rates (shots/goal):

1. Wits - 4,6

2. Celtic 6,7

3. Highlands 7,3

4. Leopards 7,8

5. Sundowns 8

Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)

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