PSL: Our pick of the pile

2015-02-13 11:14

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates didn’t look too flash in pipping minnows AmaZulu when PSL hostilities resumed after the break ... and now the Sea Robbers are in action against another labouring side in Platinum Stars. Will they smarten up?

Regularly during the PSL season, a panel made up of compiler Rob Houwing plus Garrin Lambley, Raymond Silinga, Earl Haupt, Wade Pretorius, Tashreeq Vardien and Maano Nekhavhambe will attempt to hit the right buttons in forecasting a bunch of the most attractive games on paper.

We will keep a season-long leaderboard showing who is prospering and which poor souls are floundering: three points for fully correct scoreline, one for right result.

Here’s our next group of spiciest picks...

1. Platinum Stars v Orlando Pirates, Saturday 15:30, Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Pirates trailed against firmly bottom-placed AmaZulu before turning things around last time out, including Kermit Erasmus’s 90th-minute winner. It was a less-than-flawless performance, that’s for sure, but at least you could say their patience was rewarded. On that basis, I believe they will also edge out the similarly struggling Stars in the latest challenge in Rustenburg. But nobody sees the Buccaneers doddling it, and Ray even predicts a draw.

Rob’s tip: 0-1

Garrin: 1-2

Raymond: 1-1

Earl: 0-1

Wade: 1-2

Tashreeq: 1-2         

Maano: 0-1

2. SuperSport United v Kaizer Chiefs, Tuesday 19:30, Peter Mokaba Stadium

My hunch that the Amakhosi would struggle to find their groove after the lengthy PSL break was proved correct the other day: they were held at Bloemfontein Celtic. It seems to have started a trend, now as many as five of us are suspecting the runaway leaders will be restricted to a point again. Bear in mind that SuperSport aren’t quite as bad as their current 12th spot suggests; they have played two games fewer than some other teams. They will also be fuming about allowing Free State Stars to come back for a 2-2 outcome after taking a hugely promising 2-0 lead within eight minutes in their last fixture. But Earl and Ray pick a Chiefs victory, nevertheless.

Rob: 1-1

Garrin: 1-1

Raymond: 0-2

Earl: 1-2

Wade: 1-1

Tashreeq: 1-1     

Maano: 1-1

3. Moroka Swallows v Wits, Tuesday 19:30, Dobsonville Stadium

No takers at all for a home win in this one, which sums up Swallows’ largely forgettable campaign thus far. Their goal difference of minus 10 is also the second worst in the league as things stand. But they probably won’t play rollover at Dobsonville Stadium, and four of the seven forecasters see them fighting out a draw with third-placed Wits.

Rob: 1-1

Garrin: 0-2

Raymond: 1-1

Earl: 1-1

Wade: 0-0

Tashreeq: 0-1       

Maano: 0-1


42 - Earl

39 - Wade

35 - Ray

33 - Maano & Rob

32 - Garrin & Tashreeq

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