A season that has been comprehensively competitive is going to come to a halt for a whole month. This break to those who annually taunt themselves with the task of viewing the PSL means a famine only parralled by the end of the season. As one knows the break can mean a lot of things, relative to specific teams: bartering of players and sometimes the most crucial: bartering of momentum. The league is at poised once again, Sanguines love to think their team will come out guns blazing when the season resumes. Hoi Polloi has touted United as enemy number one and recently, Sundowns threw down the gauntlet and with that brought hopes up high for the other teams that make up the top five. Suddenly Pirates fans can support Chiefs cause of the gluttonous United who are in search of their third successive title.
United had quite a buffer of points two weeks ago and will resent the past week and this one as they have lost two times to city rivals Downs and Arrows and the seven points have diminished to three points. United will certainly be aware of how titles can swap hands after the Christmas break and how form can lapse in the latter half of a season or specific to this campaign last quarter. They will not have forgotten how Chiefs stole a league from Pirates earlier in the decade a title that seemed all decided. Everyone is trying to make a name for themselves at the mortification of someone else therefore one must take heed in how they build-up. League fanatics will remember how Celtic had 26 points in the first half of the season two seasons back and then due to penurious form they failed to collect more than ten points in the second half of the season.
At present most of the race is run already but it is still open. Downs are three points behind United with a game in hand. Hot/Cold Chiefs are in third position while Santos are in fourth doing themselves no favours of late. Supersport have been on the money this season with a superb goal difference one would think they are going to weather this little storm they are in. Their goals are also not as centralized as Sundowns so one would think even if Laffor lost form they would be able to go forward and play as good football as they have been where as if Sundowns striker Katlego Mphela would lose form the deck of cards could all come tumbling down. He has been in prolific form and is deserved leading goal scorer and his goal for the national team earlier in the year is one of the best goals in the year and he isn’t showing signs of slowing down. Five wins on the trot for Downs one wonders how long can they keep that up with their seven games left. Will it all be too little too late as United have a superior goal difference. They will resume their campaign against Santos.
On the opposite end of the table though the likeliest to go down under is Cosmos who have failed to salvage any sort of form a few surprises here and there and they didn’t lose their first few games and on Tuesday they had another of their surprises when they drew with league contenders Santos. They drew with rivals Amazulu last week all this though is still a drop in the ocean or rather in their quagmire. On the same points is Black Aces who will be playing other relegation candidates on the 3rd of February for what could ironically be a decider. No.16 and 12 are separated by just 7 points. 2 wins for the minnows could set the cat amongst the pigeons for the not too far from the relegation zone.