Chiefs, Pirates lead key final day battles

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The curtain comes down on the 2020/21 DStv Premiership on Saturday with Kaizer Chiefs headlining the three matters of interest that are still pending.

Chiefs have no other option than to take all three points away at TS Galaxy if they are to sneak into the top half and qualify for next season's MTN8.

This match at Mbombela will have a cup final feel to it for Amakhosi, who know that they need a win coupled also with Baroka not bagging a massive win away at Swallows to overtake their goal difference.

The 3-2 midweek triumph over Golden Arrows recharged the Soweto giant's hopes after Galaxy, Baroka and Bloemfontein Celtic all failed to collect maximum points in their respective clashes.

According to the PSL handbook, goal difference is what will immediately determine the log position of two teams finishing on the same number of points, with the team having a higher goal difference occupying the higher log position.

Scroll through the gallery above to see all the major final day permutations

Both the Glamour Boys and the Rockets head into the final match on a minus-four goal difference, though the latter has 36 points compared to the former’s 33.

As such Owen Da Gama's charges just need to avoid defeat, while only a victory for Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard will suffice for a top-eight berth.

Also still unsettled is the matter of who finishes third and heads into next season's CAF Confederation Cup, with Orlando Pirates and Arrows in contention.

Pirates, with 49 points, have one hand on that ticket and just need at least a point at home to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila to guarantee their return to continental football again next season.

For Abafana Bes'thende, with 46 points and a better goal difference, to take third spot, they must win their home game against Stellenbosch and then hope The Bucs suffer defeat, as Mandla Ncikazi's side already boast a superior goal difference.

Meanwhile, the matter of who goes into the playoffs will also be decided between Chippa United, Stellenbosch and Maritzburg United.

To escape 15th spot, Chippa need a victory at home to SuperSport United, coupled with a Stellenbosch defeat at Arrows, while a heavy loss for Maritzburg at home to AmaZulu could see them end as high as 13th.

Stellies will not need to look over their shoulders nor to anyone else for favours, with a win and potentially a draw enough to avoid slipping into the danger zone.

The Team of Choice have the better options as their safety depends merely on a draw, while a defeat could still secure their top-flight spots depending on the results involving both Chippa and Stellies.

Get and Stay connected to DStv to enjoy the last day of the inaugral DStv Premiership campaign as we get set to crowning the champions, finalise CAF inter-club participants and find out who will be in the relegation Play-Offs.

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