Wednesday serves up a full lineup of PSL action in what will be the penultimate round to a thrilling 2019-2020 season.
With two rounds of matches left, we still don’t know who will be crowned champions, who will make it into the MTN8 and which sides will have relegation issues: either via the playoffs or automatic relegation.
The stop-start nature of the campaign has had a dramatic effect on the form of a number of sides including the pair tied at the top on 53 points.
Leaders via goal difference, Kaizer Chiefs, have added just three points to the tally they accrued before lockdown. Sundowns, looking for a third straight crown, have only won twice with one of them a crucial victory over Amakhosi.
Both lost this weekend which means that, despite everything, Chiefs are 180 minutes from glory. A win over Chippa on Wednesday would nearly be enough as they start with a five goal advantage.
Sundowns will face the bottom of the log Polokwane City and will have ideas of closing the goal difference gap considerably. First things first though, they should ensure the win after their Baroka FC shock.
Coach Pitso Mosimane was asked whether his side knowing that Chiefs slipped up against Wits played a role in the 1-0 defeat.
“When football happens and results don’t come right, I am the guy who doesn’t want to make excuses as to why we did not win,” said Mosimane.
“We did not win because we didn’t take our chances, we did not win because we didn’t mark in the box for the corner kick. Whether they knew the result, or don’t know the result, in hindsight it is the best sight, we can always speak about it after but I don’t know whether that changed their mood or not and I can’t be going through players’ phones and digging and saying that they must not know what happened.”
His counterpart at the top, Ernst Middendorp, is likely to face league sanction after failing to fulfil his post-match press talk after watching his side lose in time added on.
Departing PSL outfit BidVest Wits, SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates are battling it out for third place while Maritzburg United look comfortable in sixth place.
In-form Cape Town City have a four-point lead over Bloem Celtic, Highlands Park and Stellenbosch which leaves that trio in an almighty tussle for the last spot in the MTN8 for next season.
Chippa are safe for all intents and purposes which leaves Baroka, AmaZulu, Black Leopards and Polokwane scrapping it out at the bottom.
Wednesday fixtures, all matches kick-off at 6pm: