PSL: Our pick of the pile

2015-04-29 11:43
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Cape Town – Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs away to last season’s PSL winners, Mamelodi Sundowns, at an advanced stage of the campaign ... it has all the makings of a Wednesday classic!

Er, had all the makings of a classic: instead it’s a slightly regrettable dead rubber as the visitors are already basking in the title glory.

Not too surprisingly, then, our experts are hopelessly at odds about what will happen on the night – all results are offered.

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. Free State Stars v Wits, Wednesday 19:30, Goble Park

Wits won the first-round clash by a comfortable 2-0 margin at home, and with the runners-up spot still within their reach (though they currently lie fourth after a slightly iffy spell), I’m backing completion of the double over these foes in a tighter encounter on enemy terrain. Mind you, the lowly Free Staters (14th) beat Ajax in their last home fixture, so they won’t go belly-up... and Ray bravely fancies them earning another three points over Gavin Hunt’s charges here.  

Rob’s tip: 1-2

Garrin: 1-1   

Raymond: 1-0

Earl: 1-1

Wade: 1-1

Tashreeq: 1-2               

Maano: 0-1

2. Mamelodi Sundowns v Kaizer Chiefs, Wednesday 19:30, Lucas Moripe Stadium

The media sound-bites coming out of the Brazilians’ camp in the lead-up to what might have been a high-stakes clash have been suitably defiant: the now-dethroned champions still have much pride to play for, and want to prevent the title-bagging Amakhosi advancing to a record haul of points. We shall see at Atteridgeville whether ‘Downs instead look demoralised, won’t we? Mind you, ensuring they end as runners-up is still a fair incentive. My risky view is that Chiefs will have a celebratory hangover and be pipped by the host outfit here... but there’s no backing from anyone else on that score!   

Rob: 1-0

Garrin: 1-1

Raymond: 1-1

Earl: 0-1

Wade: 1-1

Tashreeq: 2-2           

Maano: 0-0  

3. Orlando Pirates v SuperSport United, Wednesday 19:30, Orlando Stadium

Just for once, many die-hard Buccaneers enthusiasts may be secretly (or even not so secretly) egging on arch-rivals Chiefs to victory over Sundowns, which opens up the possibility of Pirates leapfrogging them to a second-placed finish for 2014/15. But it would also help if the home side in this game keep their eyes firmly on the ball themselves; they have to target all three points against SuperSport. Considering United are under-performing a wee bit this season by their standards, and lie a humdrum seventh, the majority view is for Pirates to edge it.

Rob: 1-0

Garrin: 2-1

Raymond: 0-1

Earl: 0-0

Wade: 1-1

Tashreeq: 1-0             

Maano: 1-0


61 - Earl

53 - Maano

52 - Wade

49 - Tashreeq & Garrin

46 - Ray

43 - Rob

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