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It’s that time of the season when PSL teams are fighting for dear life with the run-in coming full swing
It’s that time of the season when PSL teams are fighting for dear life with the run-in coming full swing
It’s that time of the season when PSL teams are fighting for dear life with the run-in coming full swing. The match of the weekend is the clash between Kaizer Chiefs and Cape Town City who both have a chance to contend for the title and ensure that the last couple of games for table-topping Mamelodi Sundowns don’t become dead rubbers. Elsewhere, Platinum Stars, who are hoping to nick PSL safety, face a daunting task against previously embattled SuperSport United. We also have a KZN derby on the menu. This is how I think the gameweek will unfold...

Friday 16 February

Maritzburg United 11/10
Draw 21/10
AmaZulu 5/2

The KZN derby is always very exciting and with both teams already in the top and hoping to stay there till the end of the season, we’re in for a cracker! Maritzburg United are sixth on the log with two wins and two draws in their last five matches. Andrea Fileccia did put his name on the scoresheet in the 3-1 win over Swallows FC in the Nedbank Cup and it shall be interesting to see if he will rise to the occasion and fill the void left by Evans Rusike. AmaZulu needed penalties to knock Mthatha Bucks out of the Nedbank Cup last week after coming back twice to register a 2-2 draw after extra time. Usuthu have been impressive at home but their away record is dreadful as they have only won two of their 10 games in all competitions this season. Put your money on the home side.

Saturday 17 February

Baroka FC 13/10
Draw 21/10
Chippa United 21/10

Baroka will be hoping to keep their top eight hopes alive as they currently lie ninth with the same amount of points as the two teams above them. Bakgaga have only won one of their last five matches. It looks like Gift Motupa’s goals are drying up as he has missed sitters over the last two matches. After playing four consecutive draws in the league, Chippa United recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory over Phiva Young Stars to knock them out of the Nedbank Cup. That stretched their unbeaten run to six games. The Chilli Boys, alongside Golden Arrows, are the most draw laden teams with 11 matches involving each of these two sides ending in stalemates. Another draw is on the cards.

Golden Arrows 15/10
Draw 19/10
Bidvest Wits 19/10

Arrows are languishing in 12th place, only two points above the drop zone. The results haven’t gone their way as they have only won one of their last five matches. They got thrashed 3-0 by Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup last 32 clash on Sunday. After spending the better part of the season at the bottom of the table, Bidvest Wits have managed to go unbeaten in the last five matches to climb up to 14th. The Clever Boys have crashed out of the Nedbank Cup after losing a fourth consecutive match to Cape Town City and surviving the chop will be their main focus. Wits should win this one.

Kaizer Chiefs 9/10
Draw 9/4
Cape Town City 3/1

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Sunday 18 February

Bloemfontein Celtic 12/10
Draw 21/10
Polokwane City 9/4

After starting the season so impressively, Bloemfontein Celtic have just hit an unbelievable slump with a recent record of three defeats and two draws over the last five matches. That has seen them plummet to 10th on the standings. They did, however, beat SuperSport United on penalties to progress to the Nedbank Cup last 16. Polokwane City are also going through a rough patch as they are winless over the last six matches across all competitions. Rise And Shine are in danger of finding themselves in relegation dogfight as they now lie 13th on the log. I foresee this one ending in a draw.

Tuesday 20 February

Platinum Stars 18/10
Draw 19/10
SuperSport United 16/10

It’s all going south for bottom-placed Platinum Stars who head into this one off the back of a winless five-match run which includes four consecutive defeats. Coach Roger De Sa forms part of the new club ownership and he’s hoping to revive this once competitive team. SuperSport United were also in dander of relegation a few weeks ago until they beat Bloemfontein Celtic 4-2 to move three points clear of the relegation zone. Judging from Eric Tinkler’s remarks and the team he put out for the Nedbank Cup clash you can tell that he’s prioritising league safety. SuperSport should triumph here.

Wednesday 21 February

Mamelodi Sundowns 8/10
Draw 22/10
Free State Stars 15/4

Sundowns, who are riding the crest of the PSL wave, will be looking to increase the gap between them and the chasing pack as they are currently five points clear of second-placed Orlando Pirates with a game in hand. Percy Tau was once again their hero last week as his solitary goal earned them a hard-fought victory over Cape Town All Stars in the Nedbank Cup. Free State Stars are having a great season as they currently lie third with nine wins and six draws in their 20 matches this season. They have won three of their last five matches and a victory over the table-toppers would cut the points gap to three. I think Sundowns will be too strong and they will emerge victorious.

TREBLE @ 9/1
Maritzburg United Win 11/10
SuperSport United Win 16/10
Mamelodi Sundowns Win 8/10

Written by Benedict Ngwenya