With the 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season up and running, the league table is slowly beginning to take shape.
Fans on the other end can enjoy a plethora of PSL action on Saturday with four games to choose from.
How fitting that the day’s action opens up with an exciting Limpopo Derby. While Baroka are flying high under new coach Wedson Nyirenda, coach Josef Vukusic has not enjoyed the best of starts.
Rise and Shine are winless and pointless following their opening two games but will hope that the derby may give them a chance to get their season in motion, before it is too late.
However, this will be the sixth meeting between the two sides and the records are certainly not in favour of the home team. The Limpopo Derby has ended in draws on four previous occasions with the only win dating back to 2016, going in favour Baroka.
But it should be noted that neither side has yet registered a win over the other in a league match as Bakgaga’s victory was in a cup game.
From Polokwane, attention then shifts onto the Cape Town Stadium as Benni McCarthy’s troops take to the field looking to return to winning ways against Golden Arrows.
Both sides have experienced similar fortunes in the league and will hope to leave the game with three points in the bag.
Injuries though, have plagued McCarthy’s opening few games as City have been without influential players such as Teko Modise and Edmilson Dove among others. This has tested the former Bafana Bafana star’s resolve in the City hot seat as he has been forced to make changes to his personnel.
This has allowed players to lift their hands and McCarthy will be happy with the progress of Craig Martin, who has opened his league account as well as Thabo Nodada, who has been impressive in midfield.
Arrows on the other end, were comfortably knocked out of the MTN8 by Mamelodi Sundowns recently, and Clinton Larsen will be worried about his side’s lack of penetration.
After losing the likes of Kudakwashe Mahachi in the off season, Arrows have needed to rebuild, but Larsen may look to the likes of Nduduzo Sibiya for some creative spark.
Chippa United v Black Leopards
Meanwhile, in the first of two games to kick-off at 20:15, the PSL new boys will make the daunting trip to East London.
Leopards have never beaten their opponents in a competitive match, having previously played four games, with three of those having ended in favour of Chippa while the only draw came back in 2012.
Although, history might favour the Chilli Boys, on current form, Leopards look like favourites.
With players such as the dangerous Mwape Musonda in their ranks, Leopards have begun their campaign with a win and draw.
Chippa’s form on the other end has probably left head coach Dan Malesela with several headaches. The Eastern Cape outfit are currently second from bottom without a point but will hope that victory in front of what will be a healthy crowd will take some pressure off their shoulders.
Bidvest Wits v SuperSport United
Bidvest Wits are showing that lighting never strikes twice in the same place as they have been one of the most impressive sides coming out the gates.
But after brushing aside the likes of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, it only gets tougher for Gavin Hunts’ men who are set for a showdown against a largely unpredictable and out of sorts SuperSport United.
The clash is set to headline the weekend’s football, but with three wins on the trot for the Students, they will be expected to outsmart Matsatsantsa.
Wits will once against rely on dangerman Deon Hotto, who has scored two goals for Wits, while SuperSport’s James Keene will be hoping to open his league account at his former club.
Zimbabwean Terrence Dzvukamanja is also another player to watch for Wits. The playmaker has been directly involved in two goals for Wits and leads the assists chart.
With Wits having scored seven goals so far and SuperSport having conceded just a single goal in the league, it will be an intriguing clash to see just how an impressive Wits attack attempts to break down the SuperSport wall on Saturday.
|Match Number||Fixture||Date||Venue||Kick-off Time||TV channel|
|1||Polokwane City v Baroka||18 Aug||Peter Mokaba Stadium||15:00 pm||SABC 1|
|2||Cape Town City v Golden Arrows||18 Aug||Cape Town Stadium||18:00 pm||SS4|
|3||Chippa United v Black Leopards||18 Aug||Sisa Dukashe Stadium||20:15 pm||SABC1|
|4||Bidvest Wits v SuperSport United||18 Aug||Bidvest Stadium||20:15 pm||SS4|