The South African Premiership is heading for its final stretch and it will take some doing if anyone is going to stop Kaizer Chiefs.
Having lost just two games this season and drawn three, Amakhosi are sitting pretty at the top of the PSL log with 42 points from 18 matches – some way ahead of defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns on 35 from the same number of fixtures.
SuperSport United are in third with 31 points, but have played 19 matches while Wits are in fourth with 30 points, ahead of Orlando Pirates on goal difference. But Wits have played just 15 matches and they’ve not played Chiefs once.
Take an even closer look at Chiefs’ remaining fixtures and it becomes quite clear that Ernst Middendorp’s men have got their work cut out for them.
They have six home and six away fixtures left, but it’s who they will face on those outings that could be a potential challenge.
The good news is that they will play just one team who have already beaten them in the league this season. One of Chief’s two losses so far came at home against Polokwane City in September (the other loss was more recently against SuperSport United away).
This time, Amakhosi are doing the travelling. Rise and Shine have had a tough season thus far and could be facing relegation, something which might just spur them on in that fixture.
Chiefs will also host Maritzburg United, one of the three teams against whom they have drawn this season in the league. Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates (whom they beat 3-2) and defending Champions Mamelodi Sundowns (Chiefs won 0-2) all lie in wait.
Barring a rescheduling, the fixture against Masandawana will be the penultimate match of the season, adding extra spice to the PSL fixture list.
But the most appetising – and potentially most crucial – fixtures is the home and away matches against Wits.
The Clever Boys have some matches to make up points and could be breathing down both Sundowns and Chiefs’ necks by the time the two teams are scheduled to play each other in Soweto.
For context, from the remaining fixtures, Chiefs and Sundowns have a maximum of 36 points up for grabs while SuperSport can take 33 and Wits 45. However, with a number of those fixtures shared between the close rivals, the run in has the potential to go down to the wire.
It’s probably too soon to crunch the numbers and gaze into the crystal ball, but the remaining fixtures alone should pique your interest.
Kaizer Chiefs’ remaining PSL league fixtures this season
Results from the fixtures already completed this season noted in the sidebars.