Polokwane Could Still Get Sucked Into Play-Off Battle
Polokwane City Could Still Get Sucked Into Play-Off Battle
Polokwane City can still get sucked into a playoff battle despite drawing with Cape Town City in Wednesday night’s league fixture.
Rise and Shine have repeatedly declared that they are chasing after top eight spot, however the side from Limpopo have struggled to move from their 13th position which they have remained in for over a week and half.
City went into Wednesday night’s fixture in 13th spot and following the draw with City they still remain at 13th with 32 points with only a point separating them from Ajax Cape Town who are second from bottom following Platinum Stars’ relegation.
With only two games remaining and a maximum of six points to play for, means that Rise and Shine can end the season with maximum of 38 points and hope that this will be enough to avoid the play-offs and possibly earn the side top eight finish should results go their way in other games.
Mathematically, as things stand the bottom sides who find themselves in a precarious position to play the second and third place National First Division sides for their PSL status include all the teams from 7th spot as Cape Town City have already accumulated 37 points which should mean that they are safe.
A slight reprieve for Rise and Shine is the fact that Ajax are on 31 points and even if they win their remaining games they would remain on equal points with their city rivals the Citizens. However, their goal difference would count against them as Benni McCarthy’s side has a superior goal difference.
The Limpopo side’s next fixture is against Free State Stars away where they will have to gain maximum points to avoid being drawn to a position where they will have to fight to retain their PSL status.