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
Rob’s tip: 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.
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.
42 - Earl
39 - Wade
35 - Ray
33 - Maano & Rob
32 - Garrin & Tashreeq