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Orlando Pirates will need less than the 60 points that won them the League last season

Posted: 23 April 2012 Time: 12:47

Orlando Pirates will need less than the 60 points that won them the League last season if they are to retain their title as the League heads down to another year in which the champions will need less than two thirds points to lift the Premiership title.  

With 90 points the maximum number of points attainable in a 16 team League, 60 points is the two thirds mark that always guarantees the title in South Africa.      At the moment – with four games remaining – Pirates, as current leaders, is the only team that can reach the two thirds points mark of 60 points if they win all four games left.   The Bucs have to deal with Ajax Cape Town (away), SuperSport United (away), Bloemfontein Celtic (home) and Golden Arrows (away) in their last four games.       However, basing on the inconsistency that has become the anthem of the domestic league the reality is that this is a championship that will not even need 60 points for any of the clubs in contention to win it.   Gavin Hunt and Gordon Igesund – the most successful coaches still coaching in the PSL with seven titles between them – have for long predicted that 56 points could as well be the points tally needed to win the League this season.    Both Hunt’s SuperSport United and Igesund’s Moroka Swallows are two of the ‘foursome’ of teams along with Mamelodi Sundowns and Pirates that can still reach at least 56 points and that are genuinely still in contention.   Since the number of teams in the PSL was trimmed down to 16 in the 2002/03 season, four of the nine championship seasons have been won by less than 60 points with SuperSport United needing less than 60 in all three of their title winning years.    Mamelodi Sundowns also needed just 57 points to win the title in 2005/06.    The lowest points tally that has won the championship since the number of teams was cut down to 16 has been 54 which SuperSport United attained on their way to winning the League in the 2007/08 season.   Kaizer Chiefs needed the highest number of points with 63 to win the title in the 2003/04 season.   The average points tally needed to win the League in the last nine years has been 58,89 points.   SuperSport will play both Pirates and Sundowns in two of their last four matches both of which will be games that will have ‘title decider’ written all over them while they will also have to square up with Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic – two clubs chasing top half 8 finishes.   Swallows – still quietly confident and still in with a chance of sneaking in to win the League will have Golden Arrows, Black Leopards, Platinum Stars and Maritzburg United in their last four menu – all four opponents currently in the bottom half.   For Sundowns – who have been stuttering so badly they have won just three out of 11 League games this year – they will face Santos, Chiefs, SuperSport and Free State Stars in their quartet of fixtures remaining that also appears tricky considering that The People’s Team wants to avoid the Play-Off spot while the other three have top half interests.   

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Article by: Lovemore Moyo

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 01:08 pm
I like it for the Pirates
posted: 01:14 pm
I am glad we have points in hand rather than making noise about game in hand, blah, blah, blah. We have the advantage by being on the summit and I see no, maybe except SSU, who has the capability to topple us. So this one in the bag for us.
posted: 01:16 pm
For two seasons in a row Rodents have Arrows as their last opponents. Does have any thing to do with the special relationshi between Manto and the Toothless One?

posted: 01:25 pm

Lest prepare for another TREBLE and history writing.

WOW Pirates, i like it for the Pirates
posted: 01:27 pm
don't try to compare bucs, they're on league of their own, f bucs are'nt listed at the top it means tha sats is wrong, all the data is off nd ur info is ain't valid
posted: 01:30 pm
Wandile : 2012-04-23 13:16 [ Report ]For two seasons in a row Rodents have Arrows as their last opponents. Does have any thing to do with the special relationshi between Manto and the Toothless One?

its a shame dat You only see it towards de end of de season it has been like dat since de beginning and during de time wen we were trailing de log leaders by 10 points
posted: 01:30 pm
We are almost there.I fore see 4 straight win.The writting is on the wall.Up the Bucs.
posted: 01:32 pm
@Wandile... Go ask the PSL board of directors...or call FIFA or phone the public protector or get a private investigator if u have evidence of any wrongdoing... When your teams stutter you are quick to look 4 excuses...

Bucs remain on top!...
El Kampion
posted: 01:32 pm
Pirates is not for the game in hand,is for the points in hand...i also like it for the 75 skippers this year....

With Black and White DNA
posted: 01:39 pm
I would like to take this oppotunity to let every one know that after our last game aganst Arrows,my name will officially change to Champdiehard.Up the bucs.
Swona Champ!
posted: 01:40 pm
with a coach like Njenje, I am a bit worried, Ajax, Hunt, Muhsim and Larsen can be tricky, but since Ajax are strugling if we can get 3points, then collect 3from Celtics and draw with Muhsim and get 3from Hunt we even if Chiefs can loose to Sundowns, we taking the cup!
posted: 01:53 pm
mara bacuneer had a grt chance to snatch d trophy guys watch out for d ghost fa e le rona it is just dreams i mean makhozi
posted: 02:12 pm
Pirates must win all 4 remaining matches so that there will be no mentioning of the word 'luck' in this forum.

posted: 02:13 pm
Eight and Black and Yellow I am not casting any aspersions I am just stating the obvious.

But the board is spearheaded by the Toothless One nabo Manto. They PROBABLY won't see any problem like Doc.
posted: 02:15 pm
You must like it for the Pirates.
GoodEnough is back!!!!
Here are the news bulletin, Game in hand fc have dropped 9 points,Balz fc have realised balz are stuck,Doc has turned into polotics

This is ruduculous
posted: 02:16 pm
i wish Pirates can win this wonderful trophy,my heart beats fast when i c this precious cup,i like it for the pirates with all my heart. i can't wait for may twenty something....pls pls pls BUCS make sure sure.BIG LOVE BUCS ALL OVER THE WORLD..
posted: 02:22 pm
This Trophy will be lifted by the Dube Birds...nomakanjani
posted: 02:23 pm
I think if I was SANKOMOTA (NOW OR NEVER) KAIZER CHIEFS I'd shut my mouth because there are no problems at SANKOMOTA VILLAGE. "PROBABLY" WE PLAYED WELL BUT LUCK WAS NOT ON OUR SIDE. How can you say you played well when you have lost?
posted: 02:31 pm
It is suprising that big mouth Kaizer Chiefs is ending a season without a single trophy this is funny Ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 02:34 pm
We do not need so many points, with a lousy competition from the chocking PSL teams our boys do not need to work their socks of, 51 points will do.

Let us consult the biggest prophet of them all, Goodenough to tell us what the future holds after the second treble. The 5 skipas that he like it for the Pirates have come to pass. What is the next Prophecy....?
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