Thu. Jul 18th, 2019

What Cape Town City need to do to win the PSL title

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy after the Absa Premiership 2018/19 game between Cape Town City and Mamelodi Sundowns at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town on 5 March 2019 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePixCape Town City have an outside chance of winning maiden PSL title, but it rests on the teams above them completely flunking their remaining games.

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Four weeks after coach Benni McCarthy first declared their PSL title chances dashed, Cape Town City are still within a mathematical shot of lifting the coveted prize for the first time in their short history.

In only their third season of the club’s existence, the men from the Mother City have already lifted two pieces of silverware, and have an outside chance of adding the league title to their collection.

With two matches remaining, they remain one of only four teams still in the running, but will have to heavily rely on the other three picking up the bare minimum over the next two matchdays.

What City need to win the league

Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits all sit ahead of City in the league standings, with the top two having already collected the maximum points the men from the Cape can possibly accumulate at the end of the season.

This means that should either team collect even a stalemate in their remaining fixtures, the PSL title is guaranteed to end up in Gauteng, rather than the Western Cape.

The Citizens do, however, have a direct say in how at least one of their rivals fare over the next two weeks, as they square off against the Buccaneers at Athlone Stadium on Saturday in a match that will have a huge sway on the final outcome.

As with most teams that find themselves in a situation where their fate does not solely rest in their hands, they will have to hold up their end of the bargain.

This means that three points against Pirates is non-negotiable, and it’s the same case in their final league encounter away to Black Leopards.

Cape Town City remaining fixtures

vs Orlando Pirates – Athlone Stadium, 4 May

vs Black Leopards – Thohoyandou Stadium, 11 May

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