Kaizer Chiefs’s 1-0 victory over Orlando Pirates in the Soweto derby on Saturday added yet another twist to the 2019/20 title race.
The result meant that Chiefs extended their lead at the top of the table to 7 points, and their lead over Pirates to 9 points. Notably, the result also meant that Amakhosi brought an end to the Buccaneers’ PSL record of 23 #AbsaPrem
matches unbeaten in home matches.
2 – Kaizer Chiefs have completed a Soweto Derby league double over Pirates (winning home & away in the same league season) for only the second time in PSL history, with Ernst Middendorp in charge of Chiefs on both occasions.
Another race at the bottom
With so much focus on the title race, there is another race that can be easily forgotten: the relegation race.
With the four bottom sides all tied on 20 points at the start of this weekend, the relegation battle is even tighter than the title race.
Three of those four sides are all from Limpopo province – Baroka, Polokwane City and Black Leopards, and they all play today.
Two of them, Black Leopards and Polokwane City clash at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday afternoon (15:30).
The Limpopo derby is a repeat of the two sides opening game of the season, where Polokwane City beat Leopards 1 0, starting their season in perfect style with a victory and a clean sheet.
Back then, they were continuing a fine run of form that had won them a record 44 points the previous season, with eyes set on getting into the Top 4 this season. The thoughts of fighting a relegation battle must have been so far off their minds then. But here we are.
When one looks at the Polokwane results from the beginning of the season, and the results today, you’d think they are two different teams. It’s incredible that Polokwane are the only team that have kept log leaders Kaizer Chiefs from scoring this season. In fact, the victory over Chiefs on September 14 briefly put Polokwane joint-level on points with Chiefs at the top of the table, with 10 points from 5 games, only separated by goals scored.
Today Polokwane City find themselves joint bottom of the table, only separated from bottom side AmaZulu by a slightly superior goal difference.
10 – Polokwane City have won just 10 points in 12 games since they beat Kaizer Chiefs in September 2019, the exact same number they had won after 5 games before then.
4 – Polokwane kept 4 clean sheets in their opening 5 league games, but only one in their last 16.
Be that as it may, Polokwane have won their last two league matches against Leopards, and they will be extra optimistic given that Leopards are the worst travellers in the league.
With just 5 points won away from home this season, they are at the bottom of the away table, below Cape Town City, who haven’t even won a game away all season.
Bloemfontein Celtic v Baroka
1 – Since they lost to Sundowns in August 2019, Celtic have lost just one of their last ten matches at home in all competitions, winning five and drawing the other 4.
By Opta Jabu