Only twice in the last 12 years have Kaizer Chiefs had a better points tally after 22 games than they do right now, and we all know what happened then...
The Glamour Boys are currently on 48 points as they go into their final eight games, however Mamelodi Sundowns are breathing down the back of their necks just four points away with a game in hand.
One good sign for Chiefs is that both of the last times they reached 48 points after 22 games, they went on to clinch the Absa Premiership title – in Stuart Baxter’s first and final campaigns with the club.
Those years they picked up 49 and 51 points respectively by this stage of the season, and on both occasions found themselves sitting pretty at the top of the table with eight games to go.
Ernst Middendorp’s Chiefs, however, have scored 12 more than the team that won the title in 2014/15 – their last piece of silverware – at this stage, and they need just eight more to equal their best goalscoring campaign in recent memory (2012/13 – 48).
With points in the bag rather than games in hand, and history on their side, Chiefs will feel confident that they can hold at the top and get the job done, the only problem is that the Coronavirus outbreak has halted the league and killed any momentum that they might have had.
Now, with the return date of games unknown, Middendorp will be eager to get his players prepared for the tough months ahead as they eye an end to their long trophy drought.