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Ernst Middendorp looks on during a PSL match. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Highlands Park vs Kaizer Chiefs: Prediction, scores, kick-off time and head-to-head

Kaizer Chiefs have a chance to make up for last season’s woes – and the disappointment of losing the pre-season Cup – when they travel to Highlands Park for their season opener.

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Ernst Middendorp looks on during a PSL match. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Kaizer Chiefs have been almost as unsuccessful as their greatest rivals, Orlando Pirates, going four seasons without lifting any of the four league and cup trophies on offer in each campaign.

German coach Ernst Middendorp, who replaced Italian Giovanni Solinas midway through last season, is demanding more aggression from a squad including a number of newcomers.

“We need an aggressive mentality. The showboating football of 15 years ago is not how the game is played anymore. Some signings feel they are in paradise and forget about hard work.”

Forwards Lazarous Kambole from Zambia and Samir Nurkovic from Serbia and midfielders James Kotei from Ghana and Kearyn Baccus are among the new faces.

The Glamour Boys managed to win just nine league games last season, but they hope will be hoping to narrow the gap this year. Mamelodi Sundowns won their opening match on Saturday already, so anything other than a win will leave Chiefs on the backfoot from the start.

Highlands Park, meanwhile, enjoyed a superb first season back in South Africa’s top-flight, with the same amount of wins leading the Lions of the North to a seventh-place finish on the log standings.

But the team aren’t resting on their laurels and head coach Owen da Gama has set the bar high as they set their sights on Chiefs first up.

Kick off time

4 August, 15:00


Record Highlands Park Kaizer Chiefs
Wins 0 3
Draws 1 1
Losses 3 0
Goals for 2 5
Goals against 5 2
Points 1 10


We’re going to stick our necks out for a draw on this one.

Note: We endeavour to ensure that statistics are as accurate as possible. However, the nature of record-keeping and South Africa’s Premier Division allowing for the renaming of a PSL franchise might sometimes lead to inaccurate figures. We will amend these as soon as they are noted.