SuperSport United and Bloemfontein Celtic played to a 1-1 draw in their MTN8 semi-final first-leg clash at Lucas ‘Masterpieces’ Moripe Stadium last week Sunday, on the 1st of November 2020.
The two clubs are set to square-off in the return leg on Saturday, 7 November 2020, at the Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein.
Match Facts: Bloemfontein Celtic vs Supersport United
This will be just the third time these two sides have clashed in the MTN8 competition, with their first meeting in the 2005 final when Bloemfontein Celtic ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a goal from the Zambian striker Rotson Kilambe.
The second was in last weekend’s 1-1 draw in the first leg of their semifinal tie, where Ndumiso Mabena opened the scoring for Celtic before Gamphani Lungu equalised for Matsatsantsa.
In fact, there have only been five knockout fixtures between the sides since they first met in 1990, and two of those were in the 2017/18 season! Celtic have that win in the 2005 MTN8 competition final, while the other four matches all ended in draws. Three of those ended in shoot-outs, with Celtic triumphing in all three shoot-outs.
The draw has been the most common result in matches between the sides down the years. In the 58 games played in all competitions, 33 (57%) have ended in draws, an unusually high percentage. SuperSport have a slight advantage in the head-to-head as they lead 13-12 in wins. Remarkably, both sides have scored 62 goals.
In matches played at Celtic, the 30 games have ended in 19 draws (63%), while there have been four wins for SuperSport and seven for Celtic. The home side have outscored their opponents 34-28.
Both league games in the 2019-20 season ended in 1-1 draws, while seven of the last nine have been stalemates.
SuperSport advanced past the quarterfinals thanks to a 3-2 victory over TTM, with their goals scored by Bradley Grobler, Iqraam Rayners and Gamphani Lungu. They were 3-0 up inside 33 minutes, but then had to hold on for the win.
Celtic reached the semifinals following a 1-0 victory over Mamelodi Sundowns in the last round their winner coming via Victor Letsoalo.
This will be only Celtic’s second home game in the MTN8 competition in the PSL era. The other one was a 1-1 draw with Orlando Pirates in 2015. They have played 15 games in all with 14 on the road, though their 2005 final against SuperSport was in neutral Potchefstroom.
SuperSport are the defending MTN8 champions and have appeared in each of the last three finals. They beat Cape Town City in 2017 and Highlands Park in 2019, but lost to City in 2018.
Celtic are seeking a second ever appearance in the final after 2005.