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PSL Top 8 permutations: Golden Arrows, Chippa United, Bloem Celtic, Bidvest Wits and AmaZulu

21:09 GMT+3 10/05/2018
Lamontville Golden Arrows, Clinton Larsen
Golden Arrows, Chippa United, Bloemfontein Celtic, AmaZulu and Bidvest Wits are all chasing the remaining two Top 8 spots. Who will make the cut?

With the 2017/18 Premier Soccer League champions having been decided, two Top 8 places are still up for grabs.

Mamelodi Sundowns clinched their eighth PSL title with a game to go when they beat Ajax Cape Town 3-1 a fortnight ago at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

However, next season’s Wafa Wafa participants are yet to be decided and Goal takes a look at which teams can qualify, how and what they need to do in their final matches this Saturday.

The PSL announced that all this Saturday’s matches will resume at 15:00, but the Brazilians, Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs, Maritzburg United, Free State Stars and Cape Town City have secured their spots in the top eight.

There are two spots available and the battle will be between the seventh-placed Golden Arrows, eighth-placed Chippa United, Bloemfontein Celtic, the Clever Boys as well as AmaZulu who placed 11th on the log.

Starting with Abafana Bes’thende, Clinton Larsen’s men need nothing, but a win against the Team of Choice to make it into the trophy they lifted in 2009.

With the Durban-based side having collected 37 points thus far, they need a win to reach 40 points and let Siwelele, the Chilli Boys, Wits and Usuthu battle it out for the remaining spot.

Chippa, Celtic and Wits all have 36 points and this means a win for all of them will see them finish on 39 points.

For Cavin Johnson’s men, they are up against Cape Town City at home and they will want to bag a win to have 38 points, but will heavily rely on the results from the quartet above them (Arrows, Chippa, Celtic and Wits) in order to sneak into the top eight bracket.

A look at the log table, coach Vladislav Heric’s men have conceded 25 goals and have netted 26, whilst Wits have netted 27 and let in 35.

Jelusic’s side has scored 25 and conceded 32 goals. Should all these teams win their matches on Saturday – they will end up with 39 points except for Usuthu who will have 38.

Now, this goes back to how many goals each side must score to be in the top eight. Starting with the Eastern Cape side, who are up against Polokwane City.

Chippa must ensure they do not concede and at least get a win by three goals or more to take their tally to 28 goals and hope that Gavin Hunt’s troops lose away to Platinum Stars or concede two or three goals – the Students have conceded 35 goals already and that could hurt their top eight chances.

Celtic also need a win against the new champions, but that remains a daunting task as the Tshwane side will want to lift the trophy with a win.

For them to qualify for the top eight, they must not concede and beat Sundowns with at least four-goal scoreline at the Dr Molemela Stadium – they will have 29 goals.

Usuthu on the other hand, have scored 25 and failed to clear their lines at the back by conceding 35. All in all, they want to score at least three against City and keep a clean sheet to miraculously book a spot.

The Clever Boys can get a win in Rustenburg, but playing a team that has claimed the full three points in Johannesburg, will not also come cheap.

However, the Telkom Knockout Cup champions must also shut the back door and net at least four goals to have 31 goals to make it into the MTN8 tournament.

As things stand, Arrows have a great opportunity to become the seventh club in the top eight and between Wits, Chippa, Celtic and AmaZulu, one team has to pull all the stops to ensure that they qualify for the MTN8 tournament.