- The relegation bottom at the foot of the DStv Premiership table will be one to watch in the final round of matches on Saturday afternoon
- Baroka FC, Moroka Swallows, TS Galaxy and Maritzburg United could each be automatically relegated under bizarre scoring circumstances
- If not sent down to the GladAfrica Championship in this manner is not enough, there is the unpleasant prospect of the promotion/relegation play-off mini league
Neutral observers will be in for some dramatic entertainment in the final round of DStv Premiership matches on Saturday afternoon.
The relegation battle is scripted almost perfectly if you don't support the teams in it. Baroka FC, Moroka Swallows, TS Galaxy and Maritzburg United could all pay dearly for inconsistency and mediocrity through the 2021-22 campaign.
As was reported on SuperSport, Baroka FC is in 16th place (25 points), which is the automatic relegation position. Moroka Swallows sits precariously in 15th (25 points), the promotion/relegation play-off spot.
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TS Galaxy lies in a dangerous 14th spot with 27 points, sweating for a victory. Maritzburg United is 13th on 28 points, mathematically unsafe from being dragged into the dog-fight.
Baroka will take on Maritzburg, for dramatic effect. Baroka must win and hope that Swallows and Galaxy loses to avoid relegation and the play-offs entirely, while a draw or loss plus unfavourable results will see them go straight into the GladAfrica Championship next season.
Swallows has to win against Kaizer Chiefs and pray that TS Galaxy loses to ensure that they also get out of the play-offs position, while defeat and a Baroka win will consign the Dube Birds to the National First Division.
If Galaxy, playing Sekhukhune United, loses while Baroka and Swallows win, they'll fall through the trapdoor of doom, though a draw or better will ensure their safety.
Maritzburg will have to lose by an avalanche of goals to Baroka to find themselves in 15th or 16th, with a draw or a victor being enough to ensure their top-flight status for the next campaign
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As reported by Sports Brief, Mamelodi Sundowns has already proven that it is a "farmers league", having wrapped up the league title recently, their fifth on the bounce.
On top of this, this is already the season with the most goalless draws since the Premier Soccer League was established in 1996.
Source: Sports Brief News