As the Absa Premiership draws to a close, teams and their supporters will be watching the final games of the season with calculators on hand, this as margins for glory and survival could come down to factors such as goal difference and goals scored.
The league race is set to culminate with one of the most exciting scenarios in recent memory. The contenders, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns, head into their final games level on 56 points apiece. The only thing that separates them is goal difference, with Chiefs boasting a difference of +21 in comparison to Sundowns’ +18.
So, what do Amakhosi need to do to ensure they win their first piece of silverware in five years? Well, firstly and most importantly, they have to win. A simple 1-0 win may be enough to see them home, but they will want to score as many goals as possible against their opponents, just to be on the safe side.
This is because they are competing against a Sundowns side which can turn up the tempo when required, as they showed when they humbled Polokwane City 3-0 on Wednesday. As such, it is not impossible to imagine Chiefs winning by a single goal, only for Sundowns to net four against Black Leopards. Such a happening would see the duo locked on points and a goal difference of +22 each.
It would still be advantage Amakhosi, though, as they are superior to Pisto Mosimane’s men on the next barometer which decides the destination of the title – goals scored. So, even if the above scenario were to play out, Chiefs would edge their rivals to the crown because they would finish the season with 48 goals, to Sundowns’ 44.
The only hope for Masandawana is that they win against Leopards; and that Baroka, who are Chiefs’ opponents on the Saturday, beat or hold Ernst Middendorp’s team to a draw. Come what may, it promises to be a nail-biting final push for glory from both teams.