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Golden Arrows vs AmaZulu Predictions & Tips - Extra time needed in cup derby clash

  • Golden Arrows vs AmaZulu predictions for Saturday’s Nedbank Cup match
  • Match is being played at 15:00 GMT at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium
  • AmaZulu have drawn 1-1 in 4 of their last 7 away matches
  • A draw in regulation time is my tip in Durban
  • Best bets, betting tips and predictions for Golden Arrows vs AmaZulu
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Golden Arrows vs AmaZulu Predictions


Both of these sides are in great form with Arrows very solid defensively and hard to beat. AmaZulu are five matches unbeaten but often draw on their travels.

  • Golden Arrows are unbeaten in 13 of their last 14 matches (Premier Soccer League).
  • Golden Arrows have drawn a league-high 7 matches this season (Premier Soccer League).
  • Golden Arrows have seen under 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 10 matches (Premier Soccer League).
  • AmaZulu have drawn 2 of their last 4 matches against Golden Arrows (Premier Soccer League).
  • AmaZulu have drawn 4 of their 7 away matches (Premier Soccer League).

Head to Head


AmaZulu hold an 11-10 edge over 24 matches against Golden Arrows. Three matches have been drawn.

Their last meeting was in December as Arrows won 2-0 away from home. A penalty from Nduduzo Sibiya and a goal from Velemseni Ndwandwe sealed the victory.

Golden Arrows Form


Arrows are enjoying an excellent season under coach Mandla Ncikazi. They sit 4th in the Premier Soccer League table. With the third best defensive record, they are a difficult team to beat with just one defeat in 14 matches thus far.

Golden Arrows started 2021 with consecutive 1-0 wins at home against Chippa United and TTM before a 0-0 draw away at Orlando Pirates. A 4-2 loss at Cape Town City followed but they reacted well with a 2-1 home win against Maritzburg United.

In their last match, they beat Orlando Pirates 2-0 at home in a very disciplined defensive performance. Pule Mmodi scored a brace for Arrows.

Golden Arrows Injuries & Team News


Golden Arrows had two major absentees for their last match with captain Trevor Mathiane injured at centre back and Gladwin Shitolo missing in midfield. Both players are doubtful for this derby.

At right-back, Siyabonga Dube has missed the last couple of matches so Mthokozisi Dube should cover. Nkosingiphile Gumede is expected to start in goal with Sifiso Mlungwana given a rest.

AmaZulu Form


AmaZulu sit 7th in the PSL table with the 4th best attack in the league. The side are five games unbeaten as two draws were followed by three wins under recently appointed coach Benni McCarthy.

Usuthu dominated in a 0-0 home draw against Maritzburg United and then drew 1-1 at SuperSport United. Three wins in a row followed as AmaZulu won 2-0 at Baroka and then beat Stellenbosch 2-1 at home.

In their last match, AmaZulu defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 4-3 thanks to an injury time winner from captain Tapelo Xoki. He had earlier netted a penalty with Augustine Mulenga and Siyethemba Sithebe the other players on target.

AmaZulu Injuries & Team News


McCarthy made several changes to his starting XI for the last match amid a busy fixture schedule. Talent Chawapiwa was back amongst the substitutes after injury to boost options on the flank.

Bongi Ntuli and Sibusiso Mabiliso were both left on the bench against Celtic and should return to the starting XI for this match. Second choice goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha could be handed the jersey due to this being a cup competition.

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Verdict

AmaZulu and Golden Arrows are in fine form so I'm backing the match to go into extra time after a 1-1 draw.

Best Bet: Draw Full Time Result @3.40 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw Correct Score @6.50 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit

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