Kaizer Chiefs, Highlands Park, Bloem Celtic and Golden Arrows: Who will complete the top eight?

Goal discusses and picks the two teams which are most likely to finish in the top eight this coming weekend

The race for a top-eight finish is still on with four teams set to battle for the remaining two spots this coming weekend.

Bloemfontein Celtic, Kaizer Chiefs, Highlands Park, and Lamontville Golden Arrows are the four teams which are still in with a chance to finish inside the top-eight bracket.

The final matches of the current season will take place on Saturday, and Goal picks the two teams which are most likely to make the cut.

POSITION: 7 | 39 Points - Kaizer Chiefs

Khama PS

Chiefs will end their disappointing PSL campaign against relegation-threatened Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium - the same venue which hosted the Nedbank Cup semi-final encounter between the two teams towards the end of last month.

Although the Soweto giants are currently enduring a six-match winless run in the league, they have lost only once in their last eight games on the road across all competitions - winning four in the process, including the 4-2 victory over Chippa in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals.

Amakhosi are heading into this clash needing either a win or draw to secure a top-eight finish, while the Chilli Boys are expected to go all out for victory which would be enough to save their top-flight status, but their poor home form is most likely to cost them against Chiefs as they have lost their last three games in the Eastern Cape.

POSITION: 8 | 38 Points - Highlands Park

The Lions of North are hoping to wrap up a successful PSL campaign with a win over SuperSport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium where Matsatsantsa are usually hard to defeat.

Highlands Park, who were promoted at the beginning of the season, have managed to secure their status for next season, thanks to their good home record having tasted only two defeats in 15 league games at their slaughterhouse, Makhulong Stadium.

Owen Da Gama's side needs to beat SuperSport in order to ensure that they finish in the top eight, but they might find the going tough against Matsatsantsa, who will be looking to end their campaign on a high.

POSITION: 9 | 37 Points - Bloemfontein Celtic

Tshegofatso Mabaso, Bloemfontein Celtic, August 2018

Celtic will host AmaZulu FC at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in the Eastern Cape due to the unrest in Bloemfontein. This follows last month’s pitch invasion during their league game against Cape Town City at the Dr. Molemela Stadium where Celtic have pulled off some good results this season.

The Free State giants' preparations for the clash against Usuthu have been marred by off-field problems due to financial problems as the club captain Patrick Tignyemb's contract was terminated, and it remains to be seen whether or not Celtic players will be mentally ready for this crucial encounter.

AmaZulu, who have nothing to play for as they have secured their status in the top-flight for next season, have been bad travellers having won only three away league matches this season and the last time they defeated Celtic away was in 2009.

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The two teams are likely to match each other on the day and settle for a draw. Celtic can only finish in the top eight if they defeat Usuthu and Highlands Park fail to beat SuperSport United in Tshwane.

POSITION: 10 | 36 Points - Golden Arrows

Abafana Bes'thende will bring down the curtain on their campaign when they lock horns with Bidvest Wits at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium where they have been inconsistent in recent weeks.

Arrows have struggled at home, more especially against top teams with Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United having collected maximum points against the KwaZulu-Natal side in Durban this season.

The odds are stacked against Abafana Bes'thende as they will only finish in the top eight if they defeat Wits and the other results go their way, but the Clever Boys will be confident of overcoming their hosts which would ensure that they secure a top three finish and qualify for the Caf Confederation Cup. Wits defeated Arrows in the two teams' last meeting in Durban.

VERDICT: Chiefs & Highlands Park To Finish In The Top 8

Highlands Park Mothobi Mvala, December 2018
Chiefs are in a stronger position to finish in the top eight as they need only a draw to do so.

Amakhosi also have a psychological advantage over their opponents, Chippa, whom they defeated last month and their experienced players such as Bernard Parker, Khama Billiat and Willard Katsande among others, will surely step up and deliver on the day.

Highlands Park may only secure a top-eight finish with a draw against SuperSport due to their superior goal-difference against Arrows and Celtic.

Furthermore, the Lions of the North were unlucky not to defeat Matsatsantsa in the first round clash at home but with SuperSport having nothing to play for as they have already secured a top-eight finish and their hopes of finishing in the top three have diminished, this gives Da Gama's side a chance to achieve this objective.