Sunday’s PSL offering is as intriguing as ever as Kaizer Chiefs look to bounce back from a shock defeat while Cape Town City FC host Orlando Pirates.
Like the table toppers, Cape Town City tasted defeat midweek as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat against provincial rivals Stellenbosch.
The surprise result has left them in a real battle for a place in next season’s MTN8. And it couldn’t be any tougher on Sunday as they face Orlando Pirates, a side with real pedigree.
Which City will turn up? The team who were so good in their 3-2 win over Sundowns or the one that played in their last encounter?
Pirates have three draws under their belts since the restart and could do with some action in front of goal; they have scored just once.
Former Orlando Pirates striker Andries Sebola believes the Buccaneers have failed to reignite since the restart.
“Covid-19 I think mentally and physically it affected everybody. Before Covid-19, Pirates was on fire. But now they are not on fire. So I think even mentally the players have not yet recovered. That’s why the only results that we are getting day in and day out it’s draws.”
Suggested bet: Draw at 3.11
Chiefs’ grip on the title has strengthened – even despite their Bloem Celtic humbling – because Sundowns have failed to finish in a way that most were anticipating.
The story is simple: Chiefs start with 5 games left and as many points ahead. A victory over Stellenbosch would help their cause tremendously. And Cape Town City’s top eight hopes too.
The visitors are coming into the encounter with back to back wins. It couldn’t be more precarious for the current leaders.
“It is a big battle, there are a number of teams in contention,” Barker told The Citizen.
“We have difficult encounters starting with Chiefs. It will not be easy, they have ambitions for the league and we have our ambitions. This [the win over City] has given us a good foundation to go out on Sunday.”
Amakhosi fans will be nervous heading into Sunday’s late fixture and will be desperately hoping Khama Billiat can find form late in the campaign.
He has just one goal from 20 PSL starts. Hardly the return expected from the blockbuster player he is.
Coach Ernst Middendorp was honest about his playmaker’s struggles.
“We know it’s not a great season from Khama, but he knows that he has huge potential. We can only support him and put him into the next movement and expect that he will do better.”
There would be no better time to “do better” than Sunday.
Suggested bet: Kaizer Chiefs win (draw no bet) at 1.15