Saturday offers up four PSL matches with plenty of storylines with a relegation six-pointer, MTN8 hopes and Golden Boot dreams all in the mix.
Orlando Pirates vs SuperSport United (1:30pm kick-off)
What’s at stake: Orlando Pirates can put themselves back in the hunt for third place as fifth plays third. The Buccaneers are in dreadful form … they’ve not won since the restart and now find themselves four points behind the visitors. SuperSport have two victories and a draw since the break but still start as underdogs according to the bookmakers.
Besides cementing their place on the table, Matsatsanta are looking to do the league double over Pirates.
“For us at the moment is to try to take it one game at a time and that’s very important,” says coach Kaitano Tembo told the media.
“We don’t want to really look way ahead of ourselves and I am focusing more on our performance and building for next season.
“We are not going to have enough time during the off-season to prepare‚ so this is part of our preparation for next season. We are taking it one game at a time and also try to finish better than last season.”
Suggested bet: SuperSport to win at 3.8
Highlands Park vs Maritzburg United (1:30pm kick-off)
What’s at stake: Highlands Park have everything to lose in this one with Maritzburg looking set to claim a place in the MTN8 next season. The Team of Choice are on 41 points with Highlands Park one of three sides tied on 34 points. A victory would put the Lions of the North very much in the picture for the last place in the MTN8. Neutrals will be watching on to see if Highlands Park forward Peter Shalulile can go top of the Golden Boot race.
Suggested bet: Draw at 2.93
AmaZulu vs Black Leopards (3.30pm kick-off)
What’s at stake: PSL status. If that’s not a big enough incentive for both sides then nothing will lift their to turn in their best 90 minute performance. The relegation six-pointer looked set to be in Leopards favour after two wins lifted them off the bottom but defeat in their last outing has clouded those trying to pick the result with any certainty.
Much of AmaZulu’s success in this outing will rest on the effectiveness of Lehlohonolo Majoro and Bongi Ntuli’s budding new partnership. The latter sits on 12 goals but it was the experienced Majoro who earned his side a share of the spoils against Bloem Celtic. If both fire, Usuthu could move a point ahead of Leopards and far closer to safety.
Suggested bet: First half draw at 2.00
Golden Arrows vs Cape Town City (6pm kick-off)
What’s at stake: Arrows are one of the few times that have nothing but pride to play for at this late stage of the season. However, that won’t mean they will roll over for Cape Town City. The Citizens are one of the form sides since the restart and have claimed wins over Pirates and Sundowns. The slip against provincial rivals Stellenbosch saw them drop back into an almighty battle for a place in the MTN8.
Cape Town City FC frontman Kermit Erasmus has an outside chance of the Golden Boot.
“The team performance has been good and we’ve been working hard during the lockdown to prepare for the resumption of the league,” he says.
“We have shown a lot of character in a lot of games since the league resumed, and that is why the individual performance has been outstanding.
“I have been standing out because I have been scoring in the games we have won and played in – that’s because of my teammates.
“Without them, it wouldn’t be possible for me to stand where I am now and to score the goals I have scored. Credit must go to everybody and being together you know.”
Suggested bet: Cape Town City win and under 2.5 match goals at 3.85