Kaizer Chiefs, currently leading the PSL log on goal difference, and defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns, have it all to play for when the final round of PSL fixtures kick off at 15:30 on Saturday.
There are other micro-battles on the final league match day, too, of course. The scrap to avoid the drop and a fight for continental football is heated.
But all eyes will be on the two teams vying for the PSL title. With the teams level on points and Kaizer Chiefs ahead on goal difference, Mamelodi Sundowns first need to make sure they win their fixture against Black Leopards on Saturday.
They then need to ensure they win big if they hope to take top spot on goal difference and subsequently secure a record-extending 10th league title in the Premier Soccer League era.
If Chiefs lose, however, the tables will turn, but things are tense heading into the final day.
“Last year we won the last match to win the league and we will give Kaizer Chiefs a good run. We closed a 13-point gap and that’s what I’m proud of,” Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane was quoted as saying by SuperSport.
“In football you can never say never. Last year when we played Free State Stars [in the last game of the season], I never saw them getting dropped but they were dropped.”
“I don’t trust the last matches, I have enough experience. Even if we have already decided the title, I put in the full [strongest] line-up.”
Mosimane’s opposite number, Ernst Middendorp expects a tense finale for both his team and Sundowns in tough matches against opponents who are fighting to aovid relgation.
“A win with a lot of fighting spirit and that what we needed [against Chippa] and what we will need on Saturday,” Middendorp was quoted as saying by SuperSport.
“We have Baroka, a fantastic team as everybody knows… they have to be, otherwise you can’t beat Sundowns [as Baroka did on Sunday 30 August].
“Our competitors [Sundowns] are playing Black Leopards on the same level where you have to expect both opponents will not give anything away at all.”
The final two rounds of PSL fixtures will see matches all kick off at the same time. Wednesday’s fixtures will begin at 18:00 South African time. For an individual view of each of the PSL fixtures and PSL live scores on Wednesday, head over to our live updates section.
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