Advantage Mamelodi Sundowns in the Absa Premiership title race? Well, at the moment it seems like it, after leaders Orlando Pirates dropped points over the weekend.
The Buccaneers drew 2-2 with Cape Town City, who are coached by their former player Benni McCarthy, and now Sundowns have a good opportunity to occupy top spot by the end of tonight, ahead of the final round of matches this Saturday. They don't need to rely on anyone to get their hands on the title. Two out of two wins will be enough to clinch the biggest prize in South African football.
After being knocked out of the CAF Champions League by Wydad Casablanca, second-placed Sundowns will be determined to get their hands on the domestic league title, to make up on losing out on the prize coach Pitso Mosimane had prioritised the most.
The defending league champions take on Golden Arrows at Loftus Stadium (19h30), knowing that a victory would put them on top of the standings with a lead of two points, before visiting Free State Stars at Goble Park on Saturday (15h00).
While games in hand don’t count as points, Sundowns know that they have a good opportunity to clinch a second straight title, and their ninth in PSL history.
Sundowns have the experience in situations such as this one and they’ll no doubt use their Champions League exit as motivation to finish the campaign with a major title in the cabinet.
Arrows, though, cannot be understand. Currently in 10th place on 36 points, Arrows still have a chance of finishing in the top eight if they win their remaining two matches of the season. So they’ll give Sundowns a good fight tonight, in an effort to take something back to KZN.