Cape Town – Separated by all of 34 points, it’s a case of
“top meets bottom” in the Absa Premiership on Thursday as Kaizer Chiefs lock
horns with AmaZulu.
Mind you, the game is suddenly no walkover on paper for
Chiefs, as Usuthu are on a spirited run and without defeat since February 24.
But it doesn’t stop five of our tipsters from fancying the
top dogs to only entrench their position.
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 Black Aces v
Mamelodi Sundowns, Wednesday 19:30, Mbombela Stadium
The defending champions are certainly doing their damnedest
to apply late heat to Kaizer Chiefs in the title race. Sundowns enter this
Lowveld clash on a three-game winning streak, in which both attack and defence
have purred like the proverbial Rolls-Royce engine – the “goals for” tally in
the trot is 10, whilst it is zero goals conceded. Against humdrum Aces, who
come off two 2-1 losses and one 2-1 victory, the Brazilians must fancy another
three points, though most of us see it occurring just by the odd goal in a
pretty competitive scrap.
Rob’s tip: 0-1
2 Orlando Pirates v
Platinum Stars, Wednesday 19:30, Orlando Stadium
Stars surrendered the first-round meeting by a clear-cut 2-0
margin, so there’s no special reason to believe they will prosper in the away
return fixture, especially as they are marooned in lower mid-table with not a
whole heap to play for before season’s end. Only Tashreeq believes the
Buccaneers will fail to scoop all three points, even if their best bet from
here is probably to strike for second-placed finish rather than top –
arch-rivals the AmaKhosi just seem too far ahead at the top with an 11-point cushion
over Pirates and games fast running out.
3 Kaizer Chiefs v
AmaZulu, Thursday 19:00, Peter Mokaba Stadium
Give great credit to the KwaZulu-Natalians: they are
fighting with all the tools they can muster to stave off the drop. Likely for
so long to land with the wooden spoon, they suddenly have a good crack at
climbing two or three slots to safety if they can keep current momentum (three
wins, two draws since last setback). But tackling Chiefs at one of their “homes
away from home” in Polokwane is still no easy ask ... and the Soweto giants
appeared to banish a jittery spell by thumping Swallows 3-0 last time out in
the league. A bit more of the same? I reckon so.
46 Garrin & Tashreeq