It's Absa Premiership' Super-Wednesday night…league title, top 8 and relegation likely to be decided

By NAKAMPE LEKWADU

THE country’s football crazy fans are eagerly waiting patiently for tonight’s Absa Premiership clashes as

the results is likely to give direction for the title race, top eight and relegation destination.

While most football expert are focusing on Kaizer and Mamelodi Sundowns as favourites for the league

title, it is a naked truth that BidVest Wits (3rd place with 47 points from 24 games) cannot be ruled out

of of the title race more so because they have two games in hand as opposed to current log leaders

Mamelodi Sundowns who are topping the log with 55 points from 26 games. For the record, Chiefs are

second on the log with 52 points from 25 games.

It is without doubt that tonight’s focus will be seriously in four venues across the country with Peter

Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane hosting relegation threatened Polokwane City who welcome the wounded

Chiefs in a cracker battle.

While City (14th on the log with 24 points from 26 games) are vey desperate for these all important

points to enhance their chance of completely running away from participating in the cruel National First

Division’s Relegation/Promotion Play-Offs should Free State Stars lose their game tonight, Chiefs are

equally desperate for a win in order to retain their top spot on the log after they were pushed to the

second position by Mamelodi Sundowns after the mighty Amakhosi lost back to back to the same

Sundowns and Mpumalanga Black Aces in the last two matches. A loss or draw in this match for Chiefs is

likely to signal their failure to defend their league title should Sundowns win their match.

Another interesting match will be that one of Sundowns and party spoilers, Aces at the Loftus Stadium in

Tshwane.

It is not a secret that the Brazilians goes to this game fully aware about the threat which can be pose by

AmaZayoni who have since proved their worth under the legendary coach, Clive “The Dog” Barker who was

yesterday announced as Absa Premiership’s Q3 Coach. Aces who still need more points from their

remaining four games to cement their position in the top eight finish (6th position with 40 points from 26

games) has since spoilt both Chiefs and Orlando Pirates’ league title chances after handing them defeats

recently and Sundowns’ Pitso Mosimane is fully aware that anything can happen in this match.

Another do or die game is expected at the BidVest Stadium in Braamfontein where BidVest Wits welcome

the on and off Moroka Swallows. While three points tonight could see the Clever Boys reduce the gap

between both Chiefs and Sundowns should the two fumble against their opponents, Swallows are also

desperate for the maximum points are they are also threatened by relegation. The Dube Birds are currently lying on the 13th position with 30 points from 26 games and they are fully aware that a defeat

and victory by Polokwane City could see them in a serious trouble.

In Qwa Qwa at the Charles Mopeli, Free State Stars will have to pull all stops in making sure they emerge

as victors against the visiting university of Pretoria. Ea Lla Koto (15th on the log with 21 points from 25

games) will have to double their effort against AmaTuks (11th position with 31 points from 26 games)

who has since lost their chance of finishing in the top eight brackets. The three points are equally

important to the Tswane based side who are also not safe from relegation zone.

At the King Zwelithini, KwaZulu-Natal, Golden Arrows are expected to redeem themselves against the

visiting Bloemfontein Celtic (8th position with 36 points from 26 games) who are also seriously

challenging for a top eight finish.

Despite being in the bottom rock with 14 points from 26 games, Abafana be’Sthende are not giving up

hope of avoiding the straight chop to the lower division and they hope for a miracle to win their remaining

matches to achieve that.

Another battle for top eight finish is expected at the Royal Bafokeng where Platinum Stars (9th position

with 36 points from 26 games) welcome AmaZulu (7th position with 38 points from 26 games). Three

points will come in handy for both the clubs in this match.

 

 

 

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