The penultimate round of Absa Premiership games on Wednesday night could reveal who will take the title ... or else it could be decided on the final day on Saturday.
Kaizer Chiefs face Chippa United at the Orlando Stadium while Mamelodi Sundowns tackle relegation-threatened Polokwane City at Loftus Versfeld (both 6pm).
After both Chiefs and Sundowns squandered their chances to take commanding leads at the summit at the weekend, it is anybody’s guess as to what will happen on Wednesday evening.
The Glamour Boys did not look like the team that wanted to end their five-year title drought and Sundowns not like the side that wanted to clinch a hat-trick of Premiership titles.
It started with Chiefs, who missed an opportunity to open a gap when they were stunned by Bidvest Wits with a 0-1 defeat. Amakhosi were left dejected following that “disaster result”, as coach Ernst Middendorp described it. The result handed Sundowns a golden opportunity to topple Chiefs from the summit on the table for the first time in a year.
Enter Baroka. The Limpopo giant-killers had other ideas and pulled off a shock 1-0 victory over the Brazilians.
Following their shock loss, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said: “We got punished from one mistake. I warned the players that they are very strong on set-pieces and they are big boys who shouldn’t be underestimated.”
At the top of the standings, the two contenders remain tied with 53 points apiece after 28 games. The Sowetans are narrowly ahead due to goal difference.
Not only will a champion be crowned on Saturday but one club will be relegated to the GladAfrica Championship.
Polokwane (25 points), Black Leopards (26), AmaZulu (28) and Baroka (28) are the bottom four in the relegation equation.
AmaZulu are on course to pull off a miraculous relegation escape after spending much of the season at the bottom.
The 15th place finisher will compete with Ajax Cape Town and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in the playoffs starting on Sunday.
Maritzburg United vs Orlando Pirates
Highlands Park vs Cape Town City
SuperSport United vs Baroka
Black Leopards vs Bidvest Wits
Golden Arrows vs Bloemfontein Celtic
Stellenbosch FC vs AmaZulu