The Relegation Battle: Who, How, When & Where
The Absa Premiership Relegation Playoff Battle - Who, How, When & Where
With the Absa Premiership title already wrapped up and Platinum Stars on their way down, the focus heading into the final day of the season will be fixed on the relegation playoff spot - here's how the day could unfold.
The penultimate round of the league campaign saw Mamelodi Sundowns wrap up the title while Dikwena's relegation to the National First Division was confirmed even before kick-off last weekend.
Although Stars slip through the automatic trapdoor into South Africa's second tier, the threat of the PSL Playoffs remains very much alive heading into the final round of fixtures.
Ajax Cape Town vs Kaizer Chiefs - Cape Town Stadium
The pressure sits squarely on Ajax's shoulders, with their defeat to the newly-crowned champions last time out leaving them occupying the playoff spot and with the odds stacked against the Mother City outfit.
In fact, anything less than victory at the Cape Town Stadium on the final day, against Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs, will resign the Urban Warriors to their fate - and even then, a win may not be enough if the two teams above them record victories and Baroka avoid defeat.
SuperSport United vs Baroka - Lucas Moripe Stadium
Matsatsantsa's slip down the table has been a gradual one, with the Tshwane side having managed just one win from their last nine Absa Premiership matches, with six of those having ended in draws.
However, Kaitano Tembo's men were two minutes from securing their safety last time out but succumbed to a late equaliser against Chippa United, and another one-point haul in their final match of the season would open the gate for Ajax to pull off their great escape.
Bakgaga, meanwhile, enter the tie knowing a draw would be enough to secure another season of top-flight football, although even a one-goal defeat would not necessarily spell the end as Polokwane would need least a point while Ajax would also need victory for the bottom of the table to flip on its head.
Polokwane City vs Chippa United - Old Peter Mokaba Stadium
Rise and Shine find themselves in a virtually identical ship to SuperSport, although the Limpopo outfit have the slight advantage over United in terms of goal difference, which props City up above the Tshwane side.
Polokwane have also endured a similar run of results to United, although they boast two wins from their last nine league outings. However, their last three matches have been draws, which followed on from a shock loss to Platinum Stars.
However, unlike SuperSport, a final-day draw for Polokwane - at home against Chippa United - could still be enough to thwart even an Ajax win, with City holding a superior goal difference over the Urban Warriors, who would have to beat Amakhosi by three clear goals to supersede the KZN outfit's overall tally and leapfrog them in the standings.
All fixtures kick-off at 15:00 next Saturday afternoon.