Absa Premiership Returns

The Absa Premiership takes centre stage this weekend following a three-week break and there are three key fixtures at the top of the table, including a meeting between runaway leaders Kaizer Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town in second place.

The other two also involve the top six clubs with third-placed Bidvest Wits up against champions Mamelodi Sundowns in fourth place and a fifth versus sixth meeting between Orlando Pirates and Free State Stars.

But the biggest focus point will be the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday afternoon when Amakhosi will be aiming to make it eight league wins in a row – and 13 in all competitions.

Stuart Baxter’s men have dominated South African football in 2014/15 and will rightfully claim the spotlight once again having gone on a mesmerising run, which has included winning the MTN8 title last month.

The maximum 21 league points has put them seven clear of the Urban Warriors, whose coach Roger de Sa is confident of stopping them.

“It is just another game and I don’t get carried away with these,” he said. “We have to prepare and we know it is first versus second.

“It is important we stay in touch with them on the standings because they are running away with it at the moment.

“They will have a good lead if results go their way. So we will be representing everyone in the league and hopefully we will prove that Chiefs are not this runaway train everyone is talking about. Maybe the train will stop in Cape Town this weekend.”

Baxter, meanwhile, is only focussing on maintaining their focus.

“We are concentrating on our performance at the moment,” he said. “That’s what we can control, when a defeat comes it will be a matter of how we respond to that as a setback.”

In Gauteng on Saturday, the chasing pack will be desperate to make up some ground.

Either one of the Brazilians or the Students can cut the gap to five points should a winner emerge from their tussle Loftus Stadium in an early evening encounter.

Later on, the Buccaneers too can make up ground should they beat Ea Lla Koto at the Orlando Stadium.

Pirates have lost two out of their last three games, but Stars coach Tom Saintfiet has warned against taking them lightly.

“Pirates haven’t played the best level but also they have a break to work now on their weak points,” he said.

There are four other games on Saturday with high-flying Chippa United and Maritzburg United, who complete the top eight, up against last-placed AmaZulu and Platinum Stars in 12h at the Princess Magogo and Harry Gwala Stadiums respectively.

In two afternoon kick-offs, Moroka Swallows are up against Mpumalanga Black Aces at Dobsonville Stadium, while University of Pretoria entertain SuperSport United in a Tshwane derby at Tuks Stadium.

Finally on Sunday 14th-placed Bloemfontein Celtic face Polokwane City, currently second last, at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium.


Author: MC World

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