Fri. Aug 23rd, 2019

Bidvest Wits: The arithmetic of the Clever Boys title hopes

bidvest wits vs orlando piratesGavin Hunt’s charges have a slim chance of claiming the PSL title with their hopes hinging on Pirates and Sundowns choking.

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With two games left in the Premier Soccer League season Bidvest Wits still have an outside chance of pinching the title off Pirates and Sundowns.

Orlando Pirates have their fate in their own hands knowing that victories in their two remaining games will see them break their trophy drought. Sundowns will need some results to go their way but would be the most likely beneficiaries of any slip ups by the Buccaneers.

At this stage it looks very much like Wits season will be defined by their 1-0 loss to Pirates. Wits are currently five points adrift of league leaders Pirates and the Soweto giants can kill off the challenge of both the Students and Cape Town City on Saturday in one fell swoop. Pirates face City in Cape Town on Saturday knowing a win will eliminate the third and fourth placed teams as well as voiding the possibility of a new record low points total to win the PSL.

Pirates need to gather just two more points to put Wits out of the running for the title, equally a further two points for Sundowns could achieve the same result, though the Brazilians are likely to suffer a points deduction.

Wits coach Gavin Hunt has cut a frustrated figure along the touchline this season as his side allowed a PSL lead to slip from their grasp, to add insult to injury they are in danger of losing their spot in the Caf Confederations Cup to City.

Hunt fumed when Wits were disallowed a goal that had clearly crossed the line this weekend. This comes in a season where Hunt has felt that his team have been unfairly treated by match officials.

City have 47 points so far, just one fewer than Wits and could claim third if results in the final two rounds go their way. Third place in the PSL affords entry to the second tier continental competition.

If Wits win the PSL title their points total will be the joint-lowest ever to win the league. The record was set by Supersport United under Hunt.

Bidvest Wits remaining fixtures

Saturday 4 May vs Baroka FC (H)
Saturday 11 May vs Golden Arrows (A)

Premiership Table

Standings provided by Sofascore LiveScore

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