Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns are both in action on Sunday with goal difference the only thing separating the PSL title hopefuls.
Where did Amakhosi’s 10-point lead go?
Many around the country were left scratching their heads after watching Sundowns hold on for a 1-0 victory on Thursday night. The three points were Masandawana completely changed the PSL title race as they pulled level with the long-term leaders.
By Sunday’s close, there could be a new club at the top of the table if the bookmakers predictions are anything to go by.
Bidvest Wits, who will exit the scene after their status was bought by TTM, are favoured at 2.51 for the clash against Chiefs. The current log leaders are backed at 2.93 which is the same price offered for the draw.
Ernst Middendorp’s side have just one win since the restart and have already played Wits. The Clever Boys scored at the death to earn a 1-1 draw earlier this month and the player who netted for Chiefs in that game, Samir Nurkovic, will now return to the lineup after his suspension.
Nurkovic’s return will come as a lifeline to Middendorp, who could only watch on again as Khama Billiat struggled against Sundowns albeit coming on from the bench.
Leonardo Castro will miss the rest of the season which means it’s Nurkovic’s goals or nothing for Chiefs.
Wits have proven difficult to beat with five draws since lockdown was lifted.
“I know we haven’t won [many], but we also haven’t lost, so that’s a pretty decent record to keep for now,” says Wits’ defender Lorenzo Gordinho.
“But we need to now start trying hard to win games, there are not many left and we just want to finish the season on a strong note.”
Suggested bet: Draw at 2.93
Besides goal difference, Sundowns now couldn’t be in a better position to win their third straight title.
The midweek victory is likely to add extra “oomph” to their run-in and they now face relegation-threatened Baroka. Bakgaga have not won in the league since the restart and will be desperate to try gain anything from this encounter.
Sundowns will start Sunday’s clash knowing the result of the Chiefs vs Wits fixture and a win over Baroka will heap even more pressure on their rivals.
“You don’t want to face those teams. If you see where those teams are on the log. You don’t want to play those teams. Our programme is tough,” says Mosimane. But many will determine his words to be a smokescreen for his real intentions.
Suggested bet: Correct score for the first half, Sundowns 1-0 at 3.15