The Citizen (Gauteng)
Race is on for second place
Carryovers to TAB’s principal Soccer 4, 6 and 10 pools tomorrow add spice to an array of key PSL midweek clashes which include a mustwin clash between relegation-haunted Chippa United and Black Leopards.
Mamelodi Sundowns’ trip to Cairo for this weekend’s assignment in the African Champions League offers an opportunity for the clubs immediately below them in the PSL table to cut into their significant lead.
But the reality of a seven-point lead with four games to play is that the title is as good as in the bag for the Brazilians.
The real interest is about who finishes second and third and books berths in African club competition next season, as well as the top eight and the relegation battle.
There’s a full list of key fixtures this afternoon and tomorrow. AmaZulu can consolidate second spot by beating Baroka FC at home today, although they are up against a team who are notoriously difficult to break down.
Benni McCarthy’s side have not played for 10 days since edging out Golden Arrows, who are in third spot.
Arrows have lost only once in their past 10 outings, but drawn far too many matches - five of their last seven.
That could well be the outcome of tomorrow’s KwaZuluNatal derby at Maritzburg United, which would leave Arrows’ hopes of a top-two finish looking rather bleak.
But what is sure for them this season is a best-yet finish. Their previous high of fifth was in 2009 and before that in 2003.
Orlando Pirates, currently fourth, still have outside hopes of second spot but are eight points behind second-placed AmaZulu with a game in hand. They should be too strong today for faltering Stellenbosch FC, whose horrid home form has seen them unable to win at the Danie Craven Stadium since January.
There is a key relegation game at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium tomorrow when secondfrom-bottom Chippa United host last-placed Black Leopards.
With six points between the pair, it is really the last opportunity to save their status and avoid automatic relegation. Given their desperate situation and Chippa’s hangover after cup final disappointment, Leopards could win.
Three TAB soccer pools get carryover boosts tomorrow, including R100,000 add-ins for the main Soccer 6 and Soccer10 pools, which close at 15:00.