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PSL title run-in: Tough fixtures await Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns

10:19 SAST 2020/08/03
Willard Katsande, Kaizer Chiefs & Themba Zwane, Mamelodi Sundowns, July 2018
The 2019-20 season returns on the weekend and all eyes will be on the teams challenging for league honours

  • Bidvest Wits head coach Gavin Hunt June 2020

    Bidvest Wits

    Students are currently placed sixth on the PSL log but they still have an outside chance of lifting the league trophy. 

    Gavin Hunt's men have collected 38 points from 21 league games this season but for them to win the league, they will have to win all nine their remaining matches. 

    They still have to face log leaders Kaizer Chiefs twice and play Orlando Pirates, and the outcome of those matches will certainly give the country the direction as to where the trophy could go. 

    Bidvest Wits' remaining fixtures: Kaizer Chiefs (A), Orlando Pirates (A), Golden Arrows (H), AmaZulu (H), Maritzburg United (A), Bloemfontein Celtic (A), Kaizer Chiefs (H), Black Leopards (A), Polokwane City (H).  

  • Rushine De Reuck of Maritzburg United, February 2020

    Maritzburg United

    The Team of Choice isn't looking to win the league but they are still mathematically in the race as they are currently placed fifth on the standings. 

    They have managed 39 points from 24 matches - a massive improvement compared to their last season's record where they ended up going to the playoffs. 

    What makes them a tough opponent is that they are conceding fewer goals. In fact, only second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns (15) have conceded fewer goals than the Team of Choice this season (17).

    Maritzburg United's remaining fixtures: Black Leopards (A), Mamelodi Sundowns (H), Bidvest Wits (H), Highlands Park (A), Orland Pirates (H), Bloemfontein Celtic (A).   

  • Josef Zinnbauer - Orlando Pirates March 202

    Orlando Pirates

    The Sea Robbers are fourth on the PSL standings after what has been a difficult campaign for them. 

    It was when Josef Zinnbauer came in that Pirates managed to move up the log after spending the better part of the first half of the season as a mid-table club. 

    The issue with them is that their defence is leaking goals, and perhaps this was the reason they struggled to win matches, especially under the tutelage of Rhulani Mokwena. Bucs are fourth on the log with 40 points from 23 matches.  

    Orlando Pirates' remaining fixtures: Mamelodi Sundowns (A), Bidvest Wits (H), Baroka (H), Cape Town City (A), SuperSport United (H), Maritzburg United (A), Stellenbosch (H).   

  • SuperSport United celebrate a goal

    SuperSport United

    While Matsatsantsa coach Kaitano Tembo has revealed his team is far from winning the league title, the log standings and the numbers are saying something different. 

    The Tshwane giants are just eight points behind Amakhosi but they have played two games more - and a run of wins in their remaining six matches could see them overtake Ernst Middendorp's men provided other results go their way.

    As things stand, Matsatsantsa are placed third on the log and have that outside chance of winning their first league title in 10 years. 

    SuperSport United's remaining fixtures: Bloemfontein Celtic (H), Polokwane City (H), Black Leopards (A), Orlando Pirates (A), Baroka (H), Cape Town City (A). 

  • Tebogo Langerman of Mamelodi Sundowns, 2019

    Mamelodi Sundowns

    The Brazilians are ready to get their title defence underway after a much-needed rest but they still have a tight schedule to contend with. 

    With just nine league games to go for them, Sundowns are still in the Nedbank Cup and will need to box smart to possibly win the remaining trophies available to them.

    They are second on the PSL log and four points behind Amakhosi, and the two teams will meet before the season can be completed - and that match is already dubbed a title-deciding encounter.

    Mamelodi Sundowns' remaining fixtures: Orlando Pirates (H), Highlands Park (A), Cape Town City (A), Maritzburg United (A), Golden Arrows (H), Kaizer Chiefs (A), Baroka (H), Polokwane City (A), Black Leopards (H).  

  • Samir Nurkovic of of Kaizer Chiefs FC challenges Nkosinathi Sibisi of Lamontville Golden Arrows, January 2020

    Kaizer Chiefs

    Amakhosi have been top of the log since August 2019, and they are favourites to win this season's title. 

    However, the remaining matches of the season will not be easy given how every team is prepared to take the fight to them. 

    The advantage is that Ernst Middendorp's side is scoring goals but they will need to do better defensively, especially with Sundowns hot on their heels in the title race. 

    Kaizer Chiefs' remaining fixtures: Bidvest Wits (H), Polokwane City (A), Bloemfontein Celtic (A), Stellenbosch (H), Mamelodi Sundowns (H), Bidvest Wits (H), Chippa United (H), Baroka (A).