The Rules: How The Absa Premiership Will Be Won
With two games left to play in the Absa Premiership, it seems highly likely that the title race is going down to the wire, but what will decide the winner?
Bidvest Wits lost 3-1 to Free State Stars last night and looked to be dropping down to second place, however, a late Baroka penalty against Mamelodi Sundowns to make it 2-2 meant that the Clever Boys maintained a two-point lead.
There is now an increased possibility that Wits and Sundowns could end up level on points once all 30 games have been played and it is the Brazilians that hold the advantage in that situation due to the league rules in place.
As in most divisions, if clubs are tied at the end of the season, then the title will be given to the team with the best goal difference and if that is level then it will come down to goals scored.
Sundowns have +32 compared to Wits’ +24 and Pitso Mosimane’s men have scored three more than Gavin Hunt’s troops (48/45). With that in mind the current leaders will be eager to make sure that it doesn’t come down to that.
Wits face Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs in their last two games, while ‘Downs take on Maritzburg United and Highlands Park.
For those interested in the full rules about how the league is decided, they are as follows:
8.2.1. the log position of each Member Club in the League will be determined in the first instance by the number of points obtained in all matches, with the Member Club obtaining the most points occupying the higher log position;
8.2.2. where Member Clubs have equal points, the goal difference (the number of goals scored minus the number of goals conceded in all matches) will be used to determine the log position, with the Member Club having the higher goal difference occupying the higher log position;
8.2.3. where Member Clubs have equal points and equal goal difference, the number of goals scored by the Member Clubs in all league matches will be used to determine the log position, with the Member Club scoring the higher number of goals occupying the higher log position;
8.2.4. where two (2) or more Member Clubs have an equal number of points and the same goals scored by and against the Member Clubs concerned, the direct results (head to head) between the tied Member Clubs will be used to determine the log position following the procedures in Rule 8.2.1 to Rule 8.2.3 above, but considering only the results between the tied Member Clubs;
8.2.5. where the application of Rule 8.2.4 above resolves the tie between some Member Clubs but leaves other Member Clubs still tied, Rule 8.2.4 will be applied again by only considering the results between those Member Clubs that remain tied. This will be done repeatedly until the ties are resolved or it is no longer possible to resolve the ties any further;
8.2.6. where Member Clubs remain tied after applying all of the above Rules, there will be a play-off between the two Member Clubs at a neutral venue as determined by the League.