ABSA Premiership Week 27 Preview

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Besides a rather surprising 5-0 demolition of Sundowns by Bloem Celtic, we were forced to sit through some pretty tame entertainment in the midweek PSL games. The five matches in store this weekend feature none of the top sides, but hopefully some more enthralling action.

Ajax Cape Town  9/10
Draw  22/10
University of Pretoria  3/1
Ajax missed out on midweek action and sit with a game in hand, meaning three points on Friday night puts them into sixth spot. AmaTuks went down in standard fashion against Chiefs, with the AmaKhosi doing the usual bare minimum to get by, making it four losses out of five games from the varsity side. Travelling to the Mother City might be something AmaTuks have been waiting for however. They’ve never lost to the Urban Warriors either home or away, so they’ll fancy their chances to continue this curse. Ajax have some of the best form in the league however, so they may have the best chance ever to break their duck against the Pretoria side. I fancy them to come away with at least a point at home, so the Ajax DNB at 4/10 seems the way to go here.

Polokwane City  7/10
Draw  24/10
Free State Stars  4/1
It will be two weeks on Saturday since Stars last showed up in the PSL. With the passing of Richard Henyekane, this might be the lowest point the Free Staters have found themselves at any stage in the PSL. Their winless streak dates back to December and it seems the writing could be on the wall. With relegation a high probability, a visit to Polokwane City may not be the fixture they were hoping for. Whilst not a certain win for Polokwane, they are the more in-form side and a 5-2 drubbing of Stars back in November will still be fresh in their minds. The bookies have priced up accordingly, and unless a spirited Stars side turns up on Saturday to pay respect to their fellow squad member’s untimely passing, a Polokwane win at 7/10 looks likely.

Bidvest Wits  5/10
Draw  27/10
Chippa United  11/2
Wits continue to impress when least expected. A recent sluggish run of form was quickly turned around in midweek with an impressive home win against Pirates. Clean sheets have been a problem for them, so to hold out Bucs for ninety minutes will be a big morale boost. They host a Chippa side just about treading water in the PSL. They sit in thirteenth but have a six-point buffer between them and relegation. A well earned 1-0 win over Swallows in midweek will also have done them good. Wits come into this as the strong favourites and with a game in hand over Pirates, a win here will move them up into third spot; something Gavin Hunt’s men will be focused on. Wits will be livid to not win this and at 5/10 the bookies have correctly priced up their chances. Take what little value there is on offer. I cant see any other outcome.

Supersport United  7/10
Draw  24/10
Moroka Swallows  4/1
With AmaZulu hopping out of relegation thanks to a midweek win, Swallows now find themselves in bottom spot. They failed to take advantage of hosting Chippa, going down 1-0 in a fairly scrappy affair. They travel to Supersport United in poor form and with even poorer head-to-head stats. They haven’t won this fixture the last four times they’ve met and have only ever won away from home twice in their history. With Matsatsantsa unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions, Swallows’ chance here look almost predetermined. I’m surprised by the 7/10 on offer for a home win here, so I suggest getting involved before the price goes. Unless Swallows can drastically turn things around they look to be heading the same way as Stars.

Bloemfontein Celtic  7/10
Draw  24/10
Maritzburg United  4/1
The shock result in midweek came from Celtic, who trounced a ten-man Sundowns side 5-0. Whilst Clinton Larsson has been rather bullish about their showing, one has to feel the scoreline was slightly flattering. Not that this psychological boost won’t help Celtic finish the season strong, but if anyone is up for ruining an inflated ego, it’s Maritzburg United. They travel to face their old coach and despite some iffy form of late, have been known to upset in-form sides. The head-to-head favours the brave, with Maritzburg not having lost against Celtic since 2010 and I’d fancy them to continue this. It’s a bold call considering Maritzburg’s recent results, but if they can show the form that brought them victory against Platinum Stars and Chiefs not so long ago, they can certainly leave the Free State capital with something. The Away/Draw Double Chance is even money and poses good value whilst still covering two of the three possible outcomes.

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