Should Kaizer Chiefs win their remaining eight League games, they will become PSL champions for the first time in five years.
On the other hand, should Mamelodi Sundowns win all their remaining League games, they will become PSL champions for a third successive season. That is just how tight the title race is.
For Sundowns, the first of their final ten games takes them to Athlone Stadium for a League clash against Stellenbosch.
Masandawana were occupied by continental action over the weekend, where they were knocked out of the Champions League by Al Ahly. Yet, they would have been watching with one eye as Chiefs unexpectedly lost in the league at home to AmaZulu.
The result left the Brazilians still seven points off the top of the table, but with two games in hand on Chiefs. They can cut that lead to a point with victory tonight and against Pirates next week, before Chiefs even kick another ball. That is how crucial this week is in the run-in.
However, games in hand are not necessarily points in hand, as Wits have discovered while playing catch-up in the last few weeks. The hard work of winning games still has to be done. The Brazilians will be confident they can rein in on Chiefs, given that they are in their best position at this stage of a season in 4 years:
41 – The 41 points Sundowns have won after 20 games is their second best total at this stage of a 30-game league season. Only once before (46 points in 2016) have they had more points at this stage.
Furthermore, Sundowns have won the most points in the final 10 games of a league season in three of Pitso’s six full seasons. And when you consider they are unbeaten on their last six visits to newly promoted sides (Won 5 Drew 1) since September 2015, the chances of starting off their run-in with a victory look even better. Even so, Stellenbosch will not be walkovers in any way, especially if you consider Sundowns’ struggles in the Mother City:
2 – Under Pitso, Sundowns have won just two of the eight #AbsaPrem games they’ve played away to Cape based opposition (Ajax & Cape Town City), drawing two and losing the other 4 games. They’ve failed to score in four of those games, and kept only two clean sheets.
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