Bidvest Wits vs Ajax Cape Town | Sunday 30 August | Bidvest Stadium | 15:00
Of the two sides battling out the second semi-final, only Wits featured in this competition last year, getting knocked out at the same stage to Pirates. Ajax had a shocker of a season prior, not even qualifying. The sides meet in the second leg after a 1-1 draw in Cape Town earlier this month. Wits host this time in what should be the more closely fought of the two semi-finals.
To Win (90mins)
Bidvest Wits 13/20
Ajax Cape Town 4/1
The last time Wits were victorious, in what is technically South Africa’s oldest cup competition, was all the way back in 1995. Twenty years later and they have a good chance to put themselves into contention carrying an away goal advantage into the second leg of this semi-final. The first leg played out in tense fashion, with Wits getting their valuable goal after trailing for over an hour. Star talisman, Henrico Botes, was on hand to deliver, and they’ll be relying on him to do much the same on Sunday afternoon. Both sides have started their seasons well, sitting second and third in the PSL table. Crucially, Wits beat an almost identical Ajax side in the opening weekend of the league at home and a repeat of that performance will seem them into the final. Gavin Hunt’s lads squandered an early lead through Sibusiso Vilakazi, but grabbed the winner in the 76th, giving them the three points. This will be a psychological draw card for the hosts come kickoff and something they will without a doubt use in their favour to ensure qualification to an R8 million purse.
Ajax Cape Town
VERDICT: Draw 23/10
Whether Wits or Ajax progress, we are sure to be entertained royally in this second leg semi-final. Ajax will come out with the intention to score, they have to, and I’m sure Wits are well aware of this. With both side in with a shout we could see this fixture going to extra time. Remember betting on the outright doesn’t cover in the event that added time is needed, and with both these sides so evenly matched, I wouldn’t be surprised if we even go as far as penalties. It just wouldn’t be a weekend in South African cup football if we didn’t see a game go past the ninety minutes and for that reason I’m heading for the draw here at a healthy 23/10. The bookies have Wits priced up at 13/20; too short for my liking, so I’m throwing the Hail Mary here and predicting a stalemate within the allotted ninety minutes.