GALLERY: PSL's top possession-based sides October 2019

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Rhulani Mokwena’s Orlando Pirates currently top ov
Rhulani Mokwena’s Orlando Pirates currently top overall possession statistics, with an average possession of 57.5% per match.
Pirates are second in terms of attempted passes, w
Pirates are second in terms of attempted passes, with an average of 541.6 per 90 minutes, while they also lead the passing accuracy statistics at an average of 82.8% per match.
Sundowns, meanwhile, have registered the highest a
Sundowns, meanwhile, have registered the highest average attempted passes so far, with 553.5 per match, while their accuracy is just below Pirates at 82.1% per match.
Pitso Mosimane’s Mamelodi Sundowns are a close sec
Pitso Mosimane’s Mamelodi Sundowns are a close second in possession, with an average of 55.7% per match, though they have played one less match than Pirates.
Benni McCarthy’s Cape Town City is not far behind
Benni McCarthy’s Cape Town City is not far behind the Gauteng giants, with an average possession of 53.4% per match in their eight games so far this season.
City are also third in attempted passes and passin
City are also third in attempted passes and passing accuracy, at a rate of 497.5 passes at a success rate of 80.4% per match.
Surprisingly, Black Leopards are also amongst the
Surprisingly, Black Leopards are also amongst the leaders in possession-based football, with Luc Eymael’s side having 53.2% possession average per match.
Lidoda Duvha find themselves just below Steve Komp
Lidoda Duvha find themselves just below Steve Komphela’s Golden Arrows in terms of average attempted passes, with a rate of 442.9 per match at an accuracy of 79.5%.

Possession in the modern game is a key factor for teams who wish to dominate opposition by starving them of the ball, and a number of Absa Premiership sides currently employ this tactic.

Possession-based football places emphasis on having the ball more than the opponents in order to remain in control of the match, and ultimately the scoreline.

Often this does not directly translate into victory, because football is about scoring goals and possession of the ball does not necessarily mean a team will get it into the back of the net.

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But possession statistics more often than not gives an indication of the style of football a manager enjoys, helping fans gain an understanding of what is expected from the team they support.

With league action set to return on Wednesday evening, following a full round of Telkom Knockout action, KickOff.com takes a look at the leading teams in possession so far this season.

Scroll through the gallery above to check which teams/managers employ a possession-based game and how they have fared thus far.