PRE­MIER­SHIP RE­BOOT | THE DROPOUTS

The Absa Pre­mier­ship re­turns next Tues­day. MINENHLE MKHIZE as­sesses the chances of the bot­tom four clubs and who will re­main in the elite divi­sion

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16th

Black Leop­ards

COACH: Mongezi Bobe | KEY PLAYER: Thabo Mat­laba STRENGTHS: They have scored more goals than any of their ri­vals in the rel­e­ga­tion dog­fight but the prob­lem has been their in­abil­ity to keep the op­po­si­tion at bay. Leop­ards have col­lected the ma­jor­ity of their points at home but they will no longer en­joy home-ground ad­van­tage be­cause of Covid-19 as all the re­main­ing games will be com­pleted in a ‘bio-bub­ble’ in Gaut­eng.

WEAK­NESSES: They have been vul­ner­a­ble at the back, hav­ing con­ceded 36 goals in 24 league matches. They’ve lacked con­sis­tency through­out the sea­son and have only won one game away from home.

PRE­DIC­TION: Au­to­matic rel­e­ga­tion

14th Polok­wane City

COACH: Clin­ton Larsen | KEY PLAYER: Jabu Maluleka STRENGTHS: Polok­wane have been de­cent in front of goal (21). The prob­lem has been an in­abil­ity to de­fend their own goal. They have shown that they do pos­sess big match tem­per­a­ment, hav­ing de­feated Leop­ards in the derby. They have also won against Chiefs away but con­sis­tency has been their prob­lem. WEAK­NESSES: They have en­dured tur­bu­lent times at the back this sea­son, hav­ing con­ceded 32 goals, and clean sheets have eluded them. If they want to survive rel­e­ga­tion they have to keep op­po­si­tion teams at bay.

PRE­DIC­TION: 13th

15th AmaZulu

COACH: Ayanda Dlamini | KEY PLAYER: Bongi Ntuli

STRENGTHS: Usuthu have char­ac­ter and they never give up. That’s how they de­feated league lead­ers Kaizer Chiefs be­fore the coro­n­avirus pan­demic halted the PSL. It was the same thing against Cape Town City at Princess Ma­gogo Sta­dium last year. They also went to Or­lando Pi­rates and came back with a point. They’ve just lacked con­sis­tency.

WEAK­NESSES: Usuthu has strug­gled for goals, the bulk of them com­ing from Bongi Ntuli. Only three play­ers have man­aged to score for Usuthu – Ntuli, Sinethemba Sithebe and But­holezwe Ncube. Ntuli has net­ted 12 of Usuthu’s

14 goals and if he doesn’t score, the team strug­gles.

PRE­DIC­TION: 14th

13th Baroka FC

COACH: Dy­lan Kerr | KEY PLAYER: Elvis Chipezeze

STRENGTHS: Baroka have been solid at the back, where goal­keeper Elvis Chipezeze has been the rock. In 24 matches, they have con­ceded 21 goals. Baroka play good foot­ball and they don’t change their style be­cause of their cur­rent sit­u­a­tion. They have iden­tity, which is why they are in the semi-fi­nals of the Ned­bank Cup.

WEAK­NESSES: Their re­turn in front of goal is poor. They cre­ate nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties be­cause of their style of play but they have lacked the killer in­stinct in front of goal, which has been their ma­jor prob­lem all sea­son.

PRE­DIC­TION: Play-offs.

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