Wed. May 22nd, 2019

What Mamelodi Sundowns need to win the PSL title

Pitso Mosimane (l) celebrates with goalscorer Phakamani Mahlambi during the 2018/19 CAF Champions League football match between Sundowns and Al Ahly at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria on 06 April 2019 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePixMamelodi Sundowns will need some luck, heaps of skill and a bit of leniency from the PSL in order to defend their league title.

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Mamelodi Sundowns may currently be level with Orlando Pirates on points at the top of the Premiership table but their fate is not in their own hands.

If Orlando Pirates win their next two matches they will be crowned the PSL champions and there is nothing Pitso Mosimane or Sundowns can do about that.

Pirates goal difference superiority is not something a team of Sundowns class would consider beyond them to haul in but it is unlikely they will be able to pip the Buccaneers to the post in that fashion.

Complicating matters even further for the Brazilians is the pending disciplinary action from the league, over the decision to field ineligible player Wayne Arendse in the 1-1 draw against Wits last year. Sundowns could be docked a single point, as many as three points or the league could waive the points penalty altogether. Downs may be faced with a situation where they top the League on the final day only to have the trophy yanked away from them.

Sundowns season has been plagued by Caf Champions League scheduling issues but, the postponement of their clash with Golden Arrows to accommodate the visit of Wydad might give them an edge over the Buccaneers.

Pirates play Cape Town City on Saturday while Sundowns meet Golden Arrows on the eve of the national elections, Tuesday 7 May. Whether knowledge of Pirates result will serve as any advantage remains to be seen but the bottom line is that Sundowns really need to win their two remaining matches.

Downs find themselves in a position remarkably similar to that of the English Premier League’s Liverpool. They trail a Champions League semi-final after playing the first leg away and need their League rivals to slip up in order to claim that trophy.

Having competed on many fronts and played some great football along the way Sundowns could still end the year with absolutely nothing to show for their efforts.

Arrows remain in the hunt for a place in the top eight and will not go down easily while Sundowns conclude their PSL campaign against Free State Stars at Goble Park in Bethlehem. All eight of the matchday 30 contests will kick off at 15:00 on 11 May.

Pirates and Sundowns could be overhauled by third place Wits if both sides lose all their remaining matches and the Clever boys pick up six points. Cape Town City also have a mathematical shot at pulling level, if they did their goal difference could be enough to give them an unlikely title win.

Sundowns remaining PSL fixtures

7 May vs Golden Arrows (H)
11 May vs Free State Stars (A)

Premiership Table

Standings provided by Sofascore LiveScore

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