The new PSL season has less than 15 games already and the teams at the top of the league were not expected to be there at all. Baroka FC and Lamontville Golden Arrows are playing very well this season as they are winning matches and collecting enough points to make sure they remain at the top of the table.
The PSL is currently hotter than ever as teams at the top are fighting for the title while those at the bottom are fighting to get out of the relegation zone. The teams in the middle of the table are fighting for a top 8 spot. Almost all the teams have already entered the second round of the season games except Mamelodi Sundowns who will be completing their first round games on Tuesday evening.
There are a lot of awards at the end of each season in the PSL and the most important one is that of PSL Player of the Year. The award is awarded to the most outstanding player throughout the season and that player must have played almost all the games for his team and has been outstanding in almost all games. The award comes with a higher prize money and the players currently challenging for the award are Lebogang Manyama of Cape Town City and Sundowns’ Hlompho Kekana and Khama Billiat.
The best teams who are currently at the top of the league and fighting for the title are Cape Town City FC, Kaizer Chiefs FC, Mamelodi Sundowns FC, Bidvest Wits FC and Supersport United. Surely by the end of the season one of those teams will be crowned champions of the PSL. The team with a great chance of winning it currently is Sundowns with 15 games played and currently sitting at number 3 position. The title comes with R10 million and Absa Premiership trophy. Sundowns are the defending champions while other teams are the contenders.
The battle at the bottom of the log is one of the most exciting in the PSL as the points difference in those teams is very little which shows that anything can happen come the last few games of the PSL campaign. Baroka is currently sitting at the bottom of the log while Highlandspark are second from bottom and only one point separates the two teams. They are both coming from the NFD and they have struggled a lot in the elite league. Surprisingly the two teams were outstanding in the NFD and the Nedbank Cup last season.
The other teams which are not yet out of the relegation zone are Platinum Stars FC, Free State Stars FC, Bloemfontein Celtic FC and Ajax Cape Town FC. One of these teams could face relegation if one of the two bottom side start collecting points. The above mentioned teams are currently not doing well and if they don’t up their game they could possibly face relegation or the play-offs. The team that finish at the bottom of the PSL log gets automatically relegated while the second bottom team qualifies for the play-offs with number 2 and 3 from the NFD table. The winner of the play-offs gets the last spot in the PSL.
The teams in the middle which are fighting for the top 8 position are Orlando Pirates FC, Maritzburg United FC, Chippa United FC and Golden Arrows FC. The teams from number 1 to number 8 qualifies for the MTN 8 competition which is an annual competition where the winner gets to pocket R8 million.
Mamelodi Sundowns are a few games behind but that is not a guarantee of maximum points. They still have to play all their matches to catch up with other PSL teams. If they can manage to win their matches, they will be at the top of the league log and it will be difficult for any PSL team to take their position.