We’re almost halfway through the DStv Premiership and its far from a one-horse race with Mamelodi Sundowns, Swallows and SuperSport United all in with a shout for the title.
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Golden Arrows are also in the mix and remain one of three unbeaten teams in the division after last weekend. They play Orlando Pirates in midweek before a daunting trip to Cape Town City, who recently lost 2-1 to a rejuvenated Kaizer Chiefs team.
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*Please note that this preview was written prior to
midweek’s DStv Premiership fixtures
Saturday 23 January
17/20 Mamelodi Sundowns | Draw 22/10 | Swallows 33/10 (15:00)
Mamelodi Sundowns edged Swallows on goal difference to win
the first Q-Innovation of the season and will be hoping to oust their opponents
on the playing field as well as the champions host their fiery contenders on
To date, the pair are joint-leaders with 25 points from 11 matches
and have both looked lightyears ahead of the rest of the league, despite not
being as far ahead as they should be. Sundowns have not conceded in their last
three encounters prior to midweek, but Swallows have looked menacing, getting
positive results over Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City already this month. My
money is on a draw.
12/10 Black Leopards | 2/1 | Chippa United 22/10 (15:30)
Black Leopards pulled off one of the most impressive results
of the season when they beat Orlando Pirates 2-0 in Thohoyandou this past
weekend. Lidoda Duvha ended a run of five games without victory with that
Chippa United start the week off in 16th place after their game against
TS Galaxy was postponed this past weekend. As well-rested as Chippa may be,
they haven’t looked good in recent matches. I fancy Black Leopards to snatch
another victory here.
15/10 Maritzburg United | 2/1 | Orlando Pirates 37/20 (17:00)
Orlando Pirates will be hoping to turn their season around
when they make the trip to Ernst Middendorp’s Maritzburg United. The Team of
Choice have looked like a much better side under the German’s tutelage and are
unbeaten in four matches at the time of writing, beating Kaizer Chiefs and
Pirates’ form has been indifferent since ending their
trophy drought in the MTN8, winning just two of the five games that followed. Looking
at the form guide, I would have to back the hosts to get a point.
12/10 Baroka | 2/1 | AmaZulu 22/10 (17:00)
Baroka seem to be telling the same story each season as they
continue to drop down the table after a bright start to the season. The
Limpopo-based side look to be getting worse as the weeks go by, losing four of
their last five matches at the time of writing.
AmaZulu are slowly finding
their rhythm under Benni McCarthy but the results haven’t been forthcoming with
Usuthu still winless outside Durban. Boring, I know, but my money is on
28/10 Stellenbosch | 22/10 | Kaizer Chiefs 9/10 (17:00)
Kaizer Chiefs have looked like a different beast in recent
weeks and much of their improvements are down to the return of Samir Nurkovic.
The Serbian marksman gives Amakhosi direction and a potent goal threat upfront. Credit should also go to Gavin Hunt though who has tweaked the system to
get the best out of certain individuals in the team.
Stellenbosch have been
consistent performers at top-flight level and look to be a mainstay in the top
eight. Stellies are unbeaten in their last four matches at the time of writing,
although Chiefs did claim maximum points in their last visit to the Western
Cape. I fancy the Glamour Boys to continue their emphatic turnaround with a
win in Stellenbosch.
Sunday 24 January
7/2 Tshakhuma FC | 22/10 | SuperSport United 15/20 (15:30)
Tshakhuma are hindering over the relegation spots in 14th place,
but have played a game more than the two clubs below them. The hosts have won
just once this term, beating Baroka, and look destined to be in a relegation
scramble for here on out through the season.
SuperSport United kept themselves
in the mix after holding Mamelodi Sundowns to a goalless draw in the Tshwane
derby. That result stretched Matsatsantsa’s unbeaten run to seven league
matches. Back the visitors here.
5/4 Cape Town City | 5/2 | Golden Arrows 2/1 (15:30)
Cape Town City lock horns with Golden Arrows in what is looking
like one of the ties of the round as City’s winless run stretched to three
games this past weekend after a 2-1 defeat to Kaizer Chiefs.
Arrows, on the
other hand, are still unbeaten at the time of writing but have won just one of
their four games played away from Claremont. It’s looking like a popular
result this weekend, but my money is on another draw.
TREBLE @ 6/1
Black Leopards Win 12/10
Kaizer Chiefs Win 9/10
SuperSport United Win 15/20
Written by Jesse Nagel