The recently concluded 2019-20 Absa Premiership season was certainly not just a tightly contested from top to bottom, but one of the best in the PSL era.
FARPost takes a look at how the 16 teams played out compared to the 2018/19 season.
The Champions have been the most consistent club throughout the years and their 10th Absa Premiership title was no fluke.
Not only have they won the League with the same points (59) as last season, but they have improved in the goals scored and conceded less. The 43 goals this season see the Brazilians scoring three more compared to last season while they conceded 22 compared to the 24 last year, improving their goal difference from 16 to 20.
They have also won more (17) compared to the 16 wins in the previous season.
But they have lost two more matches (5) compared to the 3 defeats, while they drew only 8 compared to the 11 draws.
The runners-up made huge progress this year in almost every aspect, of course expect for lifting the trophy.
From just 9 wins, Amakhosi won 17 matches, collected 57 points, 18 more than they did last season, when they finished an embarrassing 9th.
Chiefs also lost two matches less than the 9 last season while their goal scoring rate improved from 33 to 48, the most by any club in the league.
It was indeed a massive improvement from 9th position to 2nd, but certainly not good enough to win them a league title.
The Buccaneers have certainly declined from last season’s performance. From finishing second and qualifying for the CAF Champions League, Pirates finished third with five points less than last season (57), and only managed to qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup.
Pirates scored 44, conceded 24, lost three, drew 12 and won 15 in 2018/19.
But this season saw them win just 14, draw 10 and lost 6 matches.
The Students bowed out of South African football (following their sale to TTM) with a fourth place finish compared to their third finish last year.
The Gavin Hunt side struggled to score this season (33) compared to the 47 last season. Their defence made an improvement from conceding 29 to just 22 but saw their points tally drop from 54 to 52.
Although the defeats have declined from 8 to just 6, Wits have won fewer matches (14) compared to the 16 with 10 draws compared to the 6 last season.
The Kaitano Tembo-coached side had an impressive season which saw them jump from a 6th finish last year to a fifth place finish this year.
Matsatsantsa have also improved their win rate from the 12 matches to 14, scored 43 goals, 14 more than they scored last season. The 50 points mean they finished with six more points compared to last year while they lost 8 compared to 10 last year.
Cape Town City
From the club that scored the most goals (47) than any other team last season with a fourth place finish, the Citizens performances declined this year.
The slow start to the season saw them scramble to 6th place with 42 points, six less than last season.
They have managed just 40 goals, conceded 37, two more than last season.
They won 11, drew 9 and lost 10 this season, while they won 13, drew 9 and lost 8 last year.
From retaining their status through the promotion/relegation play-offs last season, the top 8 finish is a huge improvement for Maritzburg United.
The Team of Choice went from winning just 6 matches the whole of last season to 10 this year, scoring 29 compared to the 22, conceding 27 from the 32.
The Eric Tinkler side improved their point tally by 15 from 27 to 42 during the recently concluded season.
Siwelele, Sundowns and Baroka are the only teams to finish at the same position as the previous season.
The 8th spot see them decline the points tally from 40 to 39 with fewer wins (9) compared to the 11 last year.
But Celtic have improved their goal scoring record from 35 to 43 this year. They have also lost few matches (9) compared to 12 last year.
The Lions of the North lost out on a top 8 finish for a second year running by an inferior goal difference (-4) compared to Celtic (4).
The 39 points this season see them drop from collecting 41 points last season. They have won the same number of matches (9), but drew 9 and lost 12, while they drew 14 and lost 7 last season.
They finished 7th last season.
It was the first season for Stellies who finished 10th with 36 points from 9 wins, 9 draws and 12 defeats.
Although the Chilli Boys left it late to guarantee their stay in the top division, they improved from their performances last season.
A 12th place finish saw them jump a place up to 11th with 34 points compared to 30.
They won 8, drew 10 and lost 12, while they won 7, drew 9 and lost 14 last season. Their 18 goals are the least number of goals scored by any team this season.
Abafana Bes’thende dropped two places from the 10th place finish last season to 12th.
8 wins, 10 draws and 12 defeats saw them two points compared to the 36 of last season. They scored 27 and conceded 31 last year while they only managed to score 23 and letting in 35 this year.
A 13th place finish by AmaZulu this season was a low compared to the 11th finish in 2018/19. They have collected 30 points compared to the 31, coming from their 7 wins and 9 draws.
The 20 goals scored is a decline from the 33 last season, but their defence have improved from the 41 conceded to just 33 this year.
Since their promotion to the top division three seasons ago, Bakgaga have only finished in the 14th position for a 3rd successive time. They also finished with the same number of points compared to last season but have improved their win tally from 6 to 7.
The 19 goals scored this season is a huge decline compared to the 27 the previous season.
But there is a positive for Bakgaga as their defence as they conceded 9 goals fewer than the 37 they did last season.
Leopards hold a joint-record with Polokwane City of the most goals conceded (44) this season, but it is still an improvement compared to the 46 last season.
They have won 8, one more than the 7 last season, drew 5 and lost 17, compared to the 14 from last season.
After finishing with 30 points last season, Lidoda Duvha finished with 29 points, thus have to retain their Absa Premiership status via the relegation/promotion play-offs.
This is not only the worse season for the club, but it’s an end of an era of their 7 years stay in the top division.
Rise and Shine finished sixth last season, their highest finish since 2013.
11 wins and 11 draws gave them a 44 points finish, 15 points below Champions Sundowns.
But a dismal season with 7 wins, 4 draws and 19 defeats, the most by any club this season, saw them finish bottom of the log with 25 points.
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By Ofhani Munyai