BLACK Leopards will be aiming to cement their place in the Absa Premiership when they host Ajax Cape Town, who are chasing a top eight berth, at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Leopards had all but guaranteed themselves a place in next season’s top flight when they were 2-0 up against Jomo Cosmos in midweek, but they allowed two late goals to be conceded and only ended up drawing the game 2-2.
That means that the Limpopo side, placed 14th on the log, could yet be forced into the promotion/relegation playoffs by Santos, who are just two points behind in 15th place. If Santos win their match at home to already-relegated Cosmos and Leopards fail to beat Ajax, then it will be Lidoda Duvha and not the People’s Team competing in the playoffs.
To further complicate matters, the Urban Warriors come to game seeking a place in the lucrative MTN8. They are placed ninth on the log but trail AmaZulu (in eighth place) only on goal difference, while Bloemfontein Celtic (seventh) are just one point ahead. Only two of those three teams will finish in the top half of the table, and Ajax are determined that they will be one of them.
Neutrals will be hoping to be treated to a repeat of these teams’ first league meeting earlier this season, a seven-goal thriller in Cape Town that ended 4-3 in favour of the Urban Warriors. Seeing as the two teams have conceded well over 100 league goals between them this season, it’s unlikely to be a defensive showcase, and a goal-laden game could well be on the cards again.
Ajax have the edge when it comes to head-to-head stats, with seven wins (compared to five for Leopards) from the teams’ 15 league meetings since 2001/02. Lidoda Duvha have not won a home league game against Ajax since way back in 2002/03.
Kick-off is at 3pm.-www.psl.co.za