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The PSL Table Based On Points Per Game... Chiefs Only Ninth!

After the weekend busy PSL fixture list, including a 1-1 draw in the Soweto Derby, the PSL table sees Kaizer Chiefs in the seventh position with Mamelodi Sundowns in second place, three points behind Bidvest Wits.

However, with the discrepancy in games played across the league with half of the teams having played 20 games, five teams played 19 games, two teams played 18 games, and Sundowns on just 17 games played, the current PSL log does not tell the full story.  

To gain more clarity on the title race, the relegation battle, and the charge for a top eight finish, we look at the Points per Game league table: 

Team

Games

Points

Points Per Game

Projected Points

Mamelodi Sundowns

17

34

2.00

60

Bidvest Wits

20

37

1.85

56

Orlando Pirates

19

33

1.74

52

Cape Town City

19

30

1.58

47

SuperSport United

19

29

1.53

46

Polokwane City

18

27

1.50

45

Bloemfontein Celtic

20

29

1.45

44

AmaZulu*

20

29

1.45

44

Kaizer Chiefs

20

28

1.40

42

Highlands Park

20

25

1.25

38

Golden Arrows

20

24

1.20

36

 AmaZulu

20

23

1.15

35

Black Leopards

19

20

1.05

32

Chippa United

20

19

0.95

29

Baroka

20

18

0.90

27

Free State Stars

19

16

0.84

25

Maritzburg United

20

14

0.70

21

*AmaZulu docked six points

Looking at this alternative table, it shows that Sundowns are averaging a league-high 2.0 points per game from their 17 matches. Although points in the bag are sometimes more valuable than games in hand, Pitso Mosimane’s side is on course for a 60-point season. If they maintain their current rate, Pirates would need 28 points from their final 11 matches to get to 61 points – meaning potentially needing nine wins and one draw from their remaining matches. 

Kaizer Chiefs currently sit in ninth position with a paltry 1.40 points per match. As it stands, they are heading for a 48-point season, six less than in the last campaign.

AmaZulu have picked up 29 points from their 20 matches – more than Chiefs – but were docked six points. This shows the excellent season that Usuthu is having despite this disciplinary action. Despite going under the radar, Kaitano Tembo has guided SuperSport United to a solid season. If they can continue to accrue points at this rate, they would end up with 46 for the campaign – seven more than last season.

In the relegation battle, Maritzburg United are only going to gather 21 points at their current rate and will need a very strong run of form to avoid the dreaded drop. 

Will Sundowns walk away with the league title, or can Wits or Pirates catch them? Where will Chiefs finish on the log? Which teams will finish in the relegation zone? Let us know by commenting below! 

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