Take on cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in Pre­mier Soc­cer League

District Mail - - SPORT - Ryan Kal­lis

Hi foot­ball fans!

This week we’ll start on the lo­cal scene with Pre­mier Soc­cer League (PSL) news, where Kaizer Chiefs still en­joy a seven-point lead at the top of the stand­ings ahead of Sun­downs, who have two games in hand.

This ti­tle chase is far from de­cided, with the Amakhosi re­cently go­ing down 1-0 at home to Amazulu and their neigh­bours Or­lando Pi­rates draw­ing 0-0 at Golden Ar­rows – also fail­ing to make up ground. Su­per­Sport United moved above them into third spot af­ter a 2-0 win over High­lands Park.

In the Na­tional First Divi­sion, Ajax Cape Town still tops the stand­ings on 45 points in its quest to re­turn to the top flight of South African foot­ball with an­other for­mer PSL club, Moroka Swal­lows, in sec­ond place on 40 points.

Over in the English Pre­mier League, de­spite a re­cent wob­ble los­ing three of their last four games, for Liver­pool it’s only a mat­ter of when and not if they are go­ing to taste league suc­cess for the first time in 30 years. They only re­quire a fur­ther six points to wrap up the ti­tle and if Manch­ester City were to lose their next two matches, the Reds would achieve this be­fore kick-off of the Mersey­side Derby at Good­i­son Park on Mon­day night.

It ap­pears that the red half of Manch­ester is slowly start­ing to wake from their re­cent un­char­ac­ter­is­tic slum­ber, hav­ing beaten City 2-0 and ex­tend­ing their un­beaten run to 10 games. They would do well to end in the top-four and qual­ify for the Cham­pi­ons League af­ter their dis­mal start to this cam­paign. City, who won the League Cup re­cently, have their sights firmly set on the Cham­pi­ons League tro­phy and this will ul­ti­mately de­ter­mine whether they have a suc­cess­ful sea­son or not.

In The Cham­pi­onship, the league chase is still very tight be­tween Leeds United on 71 points and West Bromwich Al­bion on 70, with a whole host of teams chas­ing for a play-off spot.

In La Liga the lead seems to change hands ev­ery week with Barcelona cur­rently two points ahead of Real Madrid, hav­ing trailed them just a week ago.

An in­ter­est­ing ti­tle chase is cur­rently on in the Ital­ian Serie A be­tween Ju­ven­tus and sur­prise sec­ond-placed Lazio, who are only a point be­hind af­ter the week­end’s re­sults. Lazio have not won the ti­tle in 20 years and will give it their all in pur­su­ing the cov­eted prize.

The Ital­ian Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion will meet on Tues­day to de­cide the way for­ward on matches, the Corona virus hav­ing al­ready claimed 366 lives at the time of go­ing to print. The sports min­is­ter has ac­cused Serie A of be­ing ir­re­spon­si­ble by al­low­ing matches to con­tinue un­der the cir­cum­stances.

In clos­ing, a team threat­ened with rel­e­ga­tion, As­ton Villa, have a player who I firmly believe should and will go on to be a very good player for the English na­tional team – Jack Gre­al­ish. De­spite his hav­ing many crit­ics for his laid-back at­ti­tude on the field, I have watched a fair bit of Villa this sea­son and, although he has been in a strug­gling team, he has re­ally stood out with his tech­ni­cal abil­ity and vi­sion.

I feel there is some­thing spe­cial about Gre­al­ish and I’m ea­gerly mon­i­tor­ing his fu­ture de­vel­op­ment, es­pe­cially if he signs up for a big­ger club in the next few months.

Un­til next time, en­joy the beau­ti­ful game!

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