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The PSL Table Based On Points Per Game... Komphela Leads

After the 0-0 draw between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates on Saturday, the result left the Buccaneers on top of the ABSA Premiership log going into the international break. That clash saw the two front-runners for the title facing off, and Sundowns looked the happier to take a point.
 
Meanwhile, last weekend saw Bloemfontein Celtic beat Bidvest Wits 2-1 in a thoroughly impressive display.  
 
 
However, due to Sundowns’ early season CAF Champions League commitments, as well as Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars all having busy league schedules in order to ease congestion when their own continental campaigns start later this month, those three teams have played more matches thus far. 
 
The Sea Robbers and Amakhosi have both played three games more than Masandawana, whilst Free State Stars have played five games more than Maritzburg United (14 to 9).  
 
If we order the league table by Points per Game, rather than total points, Sundowns have actually taken 1.8 points per game so far, with Pirates taking less, at 1.77.
 
The effective leaders of the ABSA Premiership are in fact Bloemfontein Celtic, as Steve Komphela’s men have taken 2 points per game, with his former club, Kaizer Chiefs averaging just 1.38 points per game thus far. Pirates have only the fifth most points-per-game in the ABSA Premiership at this stage.
 
Of course, sometimes points in the bank are better than games in hand, so Bucs’ extra 5 points at this juncture over Sundowns in the title race may prove more valuable than Downs’ three spare matches. Free State Stars may be sitting in 9th spot but with so many extra games played, the club is in a false position, and are actually 11th in terms of average points per game, prompting the club to mutually terminate coach Luc Eymael’s contract. 
 
 
AmaZulu find themselves in bottom place but were docked six points and have actually gained 10 points and would have been tied 10th in terms of points per game.
 
 

  Team

  Games

  Points

  Points Per Game

  Bloemfontein Celtic

  10

  20

  2

  Bidvest Wits

  11

  20

  1.82

  Mamelodi Sundowns

  10

  18

  1.8

  Supersport United

  10

  18

  1.8

  Orlando Pirates

  13

  23

  1.77

  Polokwane City

  11

  18

  1.64

  Kaizer Chiefs 

  13

  18

  1.38

  Cape Town City

  10

  13

  1.3

  Highlands Park

  10

  12

  1.2

  Golden Arrows

  12

  12

  1

  AmaZulu

  10

  10

  1

  Free State Stars

  14

  13

  0.93

  Chippa United

  10

  9

  0.9

  Maritzburg United

  9

  8

  0.89

  Baroka

  12

  10

  0.83

  Black Leopards

  11

  9

  0.82

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