The penultimate round of PSL action brings with it opportunities to avoid relegation, push towards a top four place and influence the MTN8 spots for next season. Here, we review the first part of the full night’s worth of fixtures.
Supersport United vs Baroka
Head coach Kaitano Tembo has confirmed that Aubrey Modiba will play no further part in the season after leaving the club’s bio bubble to attend the birth of his child. It could very well mean that Modiba is not seen again in SuperSport colours with Mamelodi Sundowns interested in his services.
Coming off the defeat to Orlando Pirates, Matsatsantsa dropped to fourth and are now just a single point ahead of Pirates. Baroka enter this one with plenty of confidence after their win over Sundowns which moved them two points clear of the relegation frame. But can they do it again?
Suggested bet: Supersport United to win at 1.67
Maritzburg United vs Orlando Pirates
The Team of Choice are safely tucked inside a MTN8 spot and will be one of the few teams in the league playing for pride on Wednesday. The Buccaneers harbour hopes of a top four place and will be looking to add another win to strengthen their hopes ahead of the final day. With Gabadinho Mhango struggling for goals – he hasn’t scored since February – coach Josef Zinnbauer could hand Zakhele Lepasa a start. The 23-year-old netted the winner against SuperSport and continues to impress.
“In the last few days at training, Lepasa was very hot and he definitely showed he wants to come in,” Zinnbauer told the media. The coach certainly has a big call to make.
Suggested bet: Orlando Pirates to win at 1.98
Golden Arrows vs Bloemfontein Celtic
Two points separate Arrows in 11th and Celtic in 8th … the need to know fact about this game is that Arrows have lost three in a row and are winless in seven while Celtic have been stubborn in their efforts to not lose but have only earned draws. Abafana Bes’thende’ thus start as the underdogs but do have Golden Boot-chasing Knox Mutizwa’s good form to hold on to.
Phunya Sele Sele coach John Muduka is seeing the positives despite his side’s grip on the MTN8 qualification for next season anything but firm.
“Yes, it is going to be difficult [because] each and every game is going to be very difficult,” Maduka said.
“But it is better that we are in the top eight. We can plan from here and [make sure that we] maintain our position. So, we have to remain in that top eight.”
Suggested bet: First half draw at 2.05
Black Leopards vs Bidvest Wits
Wits skipper Thulani Hlatshwayo will miss this clash for Wits but Lorenzo Gordinho and Buhle Mkhwanazi are more than adequate replacements which means coach Gavin Hunt should be looking for goals rather than be concerned about his side’s defence. Cole Alexander, who was named Man of the Match when his side downed Kaizer Chiefs, is happy to continue showing the league that his teammates are still worth watching.
“Our back four was superb, good organisation, good team effort,” he said. “It is special [the win] and to get it against Kaizer Chiefs, if we can’t take the league at least cause some upsets so people can start talking.
“This is our way of saying, look we’re still around for now.”
Four points behind Sundowns and Chiefs, the mathematicians still say Wits can win but in truth, they are looking to bolster their current third place.
Suggested bet: Wits to win 2-0 at 6
– All matches kick-off at 6pm
Read: Betting Preview Part 2