PSL: Our pick of the pile

2015-03-10 16:08
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Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town – AmaZulu are fighting pluckily to haul themselves out of the fiery pit in the Absa Premiership ... but with visitors Wits smarting after a home defeat a few days ago, our experts lean toward the Jo’burgers going home contended.

We also fancy leaders Kaizer Chiefs, similarly visiting the coastal province from the Highveld to tackle Maritzburg United, eking out a hard-fought success on Wednesday.

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 AmaZulu v Wits, Tuesday 19:30, Moses Mabhida Stadium

The labouring KZN side come off a win and draw in their last two fixtures, so current form could be described as pretty reasonable! That said, so deep is their basement plight that they remain an ominous six points adrift at the bottom of the PSL table, with only nine matches left to try to somehow pull clear. I suspect they will keep on battling, and for that reason tip another hard-earned point even as high-riding Wits are the visitors to the big venue. Two others on the panel agree ... but otherwise sentiment is all geared toward Gavin Hunt’s charges prevailing.

Rob’s tip: 1-1

Garrin: 1-2

Raymond: 0-1

Earl: 1-1

Wade: 1-2

Tashreeq: 2-2            

Maano: 0-1

2 Maritzburg United v Kaizer Chiefs, Wednesday 19:30, Harry Gwala Stadium

While the Amakhosi still have a serious cushion at the top – nine points – their record since the lengthy Christmas break hasn’t exactly been a champagne one: one win from four league matches. Might they also be a bit heavy-legged after the demands of the drawn Soweto derby? The good news for them is that Maritzburg haven’t been flying since the recess, either: they are winless subsequently and have slipped to 10th. Six of us reckon Chiefs will do the business; only Maano (who has skull-and-crossbones tendencies ...) backs a share of the spoils.

Rob: 0-1

Garrin: 0-2

Raymond: 0-2

Earl: 0-2

Wade: 0-2

Tashreeq: 1-2        

Maano:  1-1

3 Mamelodi Sundowns v Polokwane City, Wednesday 19:30, Lucas Moripe Stadium

The Brazilians have bounced back into second after their triumph at Free State Stars and Wits’ slip-up against Bloemfontein Celtic. So the defending champions will be in good heart at home to mid-table Polokwane. They breezed through the first-round encounter 3-0, into the bargain. Not surprisingly then, our entire panel sees a Sundowns win, with 2-0 the most in-vogue suggestion ...

Rob: 2-0

Garrin: 2-1

Raymond: 2-0

Earl: 2-1

Wade: 2-0

Tashreeq: 2-0          

Maano: 1-0


48 Earl

43 Wade

40 Garrin

38 Ray &Tashreeq

37 Maano

36 Rob

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