The PSL title race has reached boiling point, and it’s far from the two-horse contest it’s largely seen as.
Much like the previous season, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns are the prime contenders as they occupy the top two spots with just a combined five fixtures left to play between them.
Thanks to Wednesday night’s 1-0 victory over Maritzburg United, the Buccaneers pulled three points clear of the Brazilians and, in the process, a couple of sides were eliminated from contention.
For a huge chunk of the 2018/19 season, the top half of the table have always been in the race – at least mathematically – but as the season got to its business end, little by little a few clubs fell away.
The country’s most supported club, Kaizer Chiefs saw their chance of claiming a fifth league title disappear as they registered a one-all draw against Black Leopards in the round of fixtures prior to the one just gone by.
At that point, up to six clubs were still within a realistic shot of the league title.
Orlando Pirates’ ends PSL title race for some
Pirates may have plodded along in their 1-0 victory over Maritzburg United, but the result saw to it that the number of teams that could sneak up and claim the title from under their noses was reduced by two.
This was not helped along by the performances put up by the chasing pack in their respective fixtures.
Cape Town City are still in it, despite drawing their game against Highlands Park, as they can still get to 59 points the maximum tally that both Pirates and Sundowns can acquire.
However, for that to happen, the Citizens will have to claim all three points at home to the Buccaneers, whom they are yet to face.
Bidvest Wits kept themselves in the hunt with a convincing win over Black Leopards, and they too can get to 59 points should they win all their remaining fixtures.
Supersport United, on the other hand, are completely out of it, following a defeat to AmaZulu in their last outing.
Matsatsansa may be fourth on the table by three wins in as many matches can only get them up to 52 points, one less than the Soweto giants’ current tally.
Another side which saw their chances of an unlikely league title vanish on Wednesday night is Polokwane City, whose 2-1 defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic all but confirmed that they will have to wait for a maiden title.
PSL log standings