Fighting for survival
The battle to avoid relegation is heating up – any of the eight bottom sides could go down by season’s end
There might still be 11 games to go before the end of the season, but the survival battle is already in full swing and the fight to avoid relegation promises to be ferocious.
At the rate things are going in the Absa Premiership, any of the eight bottom sides could go down at the end of the season as no one is out of the woods yet.
These clubs are still up to their necks in trouble in the final straight of the season.
With every game played, the Premier League survival battle might be becoming clearer with Baroka and Highlands Park looking doomed and increasingly cut adrift at the bottom.
Three of the bottom sides are involved in six pointers this afternoon and time is no longer on their side.
Free State Stars, third from the bottom, could take a huge leap towards survival by beating Highlands Park at James Motlatsi Stadium, while Baroka entertain neighbours Polokwane City in the Limpopo derby.
With a four-point gap between Stars and Highlands Park, a victory for Serame Letsoaka’s side will widen the gap and give them breathing space.
On the other hand, Gordon Igesund will be looking to close the gap but trips to Goble Park Stadium are never easy for any side in the league.
Igesund has not been able to change the fortunes of the Lions of the North and they are increasingly staring at relegation. Time is not on their side – if they don’t start winning matches, they will be back in the National First Division.
Interestingly, the two sides will meet again next week in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup.
They will have to get their priorities right – whether they want to secure their Premiership status, go all the way in the cup competition or both. The choice is theirs.
With just two victories under their belt, Baroka look like their time in
NEED A WIN Serame Letsoaka’s Free State Stars can open the gap at the bottom