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OPINION: Is Betting Over 2.5 Goals the right way to go in the DStv Premiership?

The DStv Premiership kicks off its 2022-23 season on Friday 5 August. Here’s what you need to know as Africa’s most-watched sports league gets going.

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The DStv Premiership kicks off its 2022-23 season on Friday 5 August. Here’s what you need to know as Africa’s most-watched sports league gets going.

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With the dust having settled on another DStv Premiership season, it is time to take stock of what has taken place across the course of nine frenetic months and although the main narrative will be Mamelodi Sundowns’ sixth league title in a row, there are plenty of other stories to be told.

The main story is goals, the DStv Premiership has been often known for lack of firepower. There were 45 goalless draws in the league last season. 

There were eight teams that scored less than 25 goals in the entire 2021/22 campaign. Six of those clubs netted 22 goals meaning Peter Shalulile alone outscored seven Premiership teams.

Only Mamelodi Sundowns (56) and Royal AM (43) scored more than 40 goals.

The over/under 2.5 markets is one of the most popular on any given weekend. 

So the big question is, If you backed every game in a PSL to finish with under 2.5 goals, would you be in profit by the end of it? 

There was a total of 479 goals scored in 240 DStv Premiership matches last season. This means we had an average of just under 2 goals per game.

In the previous campaign, relegated Baroka played the least (7) amount of draws. Sundowns, Arrows and Chiefs were equal on 8 draws apiece while  TS Galaxy had 9 draws. The rest of the teams had double digits. 

AmaZulu had the most draws (17). Swallows, Chippa, Stellenbosch and Pirates all had 14 draws. 

10 DStv Premiership sides had less than 10 wins from 30 games played. Swallows FC had the least (4) number of wins

  1. AmaZulu (7th)
  2. Cape Town City (2nd)
  3. Chippa United (14th)
  4. Golden Arrows (9th)
  5. Kaizer Chiefs (5th)
  6. Mamelodi Sundowns (1st)
  7. Maritzburg United (12th)
  8. Marumo Gallants (10th)
  9. Orlando Pirates (6th)
  10. Richards Bay (in Glad Africa Champ)
  11. Royal AM (3rd)
  12. Sekhukhune (11th)
  13. Stellenbosch (4th)
  14. SuperSport United (8th) 
  15. Swallows FC (15)
  16. TS Galaxy (13th)

Mamelodi Sundowns won the DStv Premiership title for the fifth straight season.

 

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Only one team was promoted from the Gad Africa Championship. This was the second time in succession where we saw a PSL team winning promotional/relegation play-offs. 

KZN’s Richards Bay United are the only newcomers this season. This means there are five teams from the Natal province competing in the DStv this campaign.

In the DStv Prem, there is one automatic relegation and the second to last team on the log competes in the play-offs against two teams that finished second and third in the lower division. 

Baroka were the only team relegated since Swallows won the play-offs.

According to Hollywoodbets oods, Mamelodi Sundowns are favourites to claim their sixth successive title. The Brazilians are currently priced at 11/10. 

  1. AmaZulu

    Dumisani Zuma and Gabadinho Mhango

  2. Cape Town City

    Jordan Bender from MLS

  3. Chippa United 

    Justice Chabalala

  4. Golden Arrows 

    Divine Lunga (loan deal)

  5. Kaizer Chiefs

    Yusuf Maart, Ashley Du Preez and Zitha Kwinika

  6. Mamelodi Sundowns 

    Ronwen Williams and Sipho Mbule

  7. Maritzburg United 

    Bongani Sam, Bonginkosi Makume and Given Mashikinya 

  8. Marumo Gallants 

  9. Orlando Pirates

    Nkosinathi Sibisi, Evidence Makgopa and Tapelo Xoki

  10. Richards Bay

    Abel Mabaso

  11. Royal AM 

    Samir Nurkovic, Ruzaigh Gamildien and Andre De Jong 

  12. Sekhukhune

    Tshegofatso Mabasa, Daniel Cardoso and Linda Mntambo

  13. Stellenbosch

    Lasse Sobiech and Vusi Sibiya

  14. SuperSport United 

    Thulani Hlatshwayo and Ricardo Goss 
  15. Swallows FC 

  16. TS Galaxy 

    Sibusiso Vilakazi, Xola Mlambo and Victor Letsoalo
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