Take on current situation in Premier Soccer League
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!