PSL’s chasing pack keep it interesting all the way

2014-12-13 00:00

AN interesting scenario is developing in the race for the Absa Premiership title. Well, that is if one can still call it a race as at the moment, as Kaizer Chiefs seem to be running away with it.

The interesting scenario is with the chasing pack.

Take this past week. Mamelodi Sundowns started the week placed second. The Brazilians must have started licking their lips when Amakhosi were held to a 2-2 draw by Platinum Stars in the first match of the week on Tuesday night.

Orlando Pirates, who lost 2-0 in the Soweto Derby last Saturday, must also have thought it was an opportunity for them to narrow the gap between them and their arch-rivals.

But a goalless draw between Sundowns and Pirates at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night, plus a Wits 4-2 victory over Ajax Cape Town, saw yet another game of musical chairs on the log standings.

Wits have leapfrogged Sundowns into second on the table, but they are still a good 11 points adrift of the red-hot Kaizer Chiefs.

Sundowns dropped a notch to third, while Pirates are now languishing in ninth position, a good 18 points off Amakhosi’s pace.

What has been interesting this season is that while Chiefs have continued to do their business diligently, apart from having dropped eight points thanks to four draws, the chasing pack has been hell-bent on upsetting each other.

Their race resembles that of a cast of crabs trying to get out of a bucket where they continually pull each other down.

As a result, the second position has been swapped almost weekly between teams such as Ajax, Sundowns and Wits.

Even the likes of Chippa United, Maritzburg United and Mpumalanga Black Aces have been in the frame.

With three rounds of matches left — this weekend, midweek and next weekend — before Christmas and the more than a month-long break because of the Africa Cup of Nations in January, it will be interesting to see how the log looks at the end of the year.

This weekend, we have Chiefs playing Chippa, Pirates fighting it out with Ajax and Sundowns playing neighbours AmaTuks.

Tuesday sees Sundowns visit the tricky Maritzburg United while the following day Pirates will be involved in the original Soweto Derby against Moroka Swallows and Wits visit coach Gordon Igesund’s SuperSport United.

Chiefs will wrap up the year against Aces, who caused their title hopes great harm last ­season, and on the same day Sundowns visit Ajax.

Pirates close the year with Bloemfontein Celtic.

These are all mouth-watering fixtures that will have a huge bearing on how the log looks come December 31.

I can tell you now, without any fear of contradiction, that ­however it looks, it will make for an interesting home straight from February 10 to May.

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