South Africa Chief Editor
Golden ArrowsAbafana Bes'thende had a promising start to the campaign which saw Clinton Larsen win the coach of the month award for August/September. However, they find themselves at the bottom of the log, and three points above the relegation zone with six matches to go. Their next four games will determine Arrows' fate, simply because they face teams in the top six. Cape Town City, Free State Stars, Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs will all be tough for Arrows, and so will be their final two games against Platinum Stars and Maritzburg United.
Polokwane CityRise and Shine are currently sitting on 27 points, and their next two games against SuperSport United and Platinum Stars will be tricky, more so because all the three teams want to avoid relegation. If they can weather the storm against Bidvest Wits, Cape Town City and Free State Stars, then the Limpopo-based side can breathe a sigh of relief.
SuperSport UnitedMatsatsantsa are in an unfamiliar territory after 24 league games. They have won just six of those games and have conceded a whopping 26 goals. Looking at the standings, one can easily conclude that SuperSport are in trouble as they're three points ahead of 15th-placed Ajax Cape Town, but there's a new sense of belief following the appointment of Kaitano Tembo. United have Polokwane next, Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City. They will fancy their chances against Free State Stars, Chippa United and Baroka FC in their final three matches of the campaign.
Ajax Cape TownThe Urban Warriors need two win their next two games to at least ease the pressure on Muhsin Ertugral, but without Tendai Ndoro, who has been told to stop playing for them, this could be a mission impossible. AmaZulu could be their easiest match, because after that, they will come up against Bidvest Wits, Chippa United, Baroka, Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs who are all not going to be easy teams to beat.
Platinum StarsDikwena need a miracle to survive the chop, and the fact that they have won just three of their 24 league games makes it even more difficult for anyone to think that they can win all their remaining matches. Four of their remaining six matches are at home, and that could work to their advantage, althought they'd still have to play for those 12 points. Up next is Baroka, then Polokwane City (both at home), Kaizer Chiefs, AmaZulu, Golden Arrows and lastly Bidvest Wits.