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PSL Rankings – October 2012

5 October 2012 The Touchline Expert

At the start of the 2012/2013, the 3 best teams in South Africa’s premier division were Orlando Pirates (1), Moroka Swallows (2) and SuperSport United (3).

  • Orlando Pirates topped the list having picked up their second treble in as many years.
  • Moroka Swallows’ near fairy-tale season under the new Bafana coach, Gordon Igesund, helped the Dube Birds finish 2nd on the 2011/2012 ABSA Premiership log table.
  • Supersport United scooped up the 2012 Nedbank Cup trophy in a tense final against local rivals Mamelodi Sundowns at the end of lastseason.

Two months into the new season and we have a brand new number 1.

Moroka Swallows and SuperSport United picked up from where they left off last season by brushing aside Sundowns, Pirates, Free State Stars and Amazulu to contest in the 2012 MTN 8 final. The Dube Birds lifted the trophy after a hard fought 2-1 victory at the Orlando Stadium.

The biggest movers are University of Pretoria, they have been delivering shock results with 3 away victories including a huge 5-1 thumping of Ajax Cape Town last week Saturday. They remain undefeated in the ABSA premiership and are currently sitting in second place. They have been on quite a streak in 2012 with great results in the National First Division.

The largest drop in the PSL rankings is Amazulu, who are sitting right at the foot of the log following a season where they manged to finish in the top 8. To make matter worse for Usuthu, they were on the receiving end of an emphatic 6-0 hiding from Kaizer Chiefs.

Talking about Kaizer Chiefs, here are the PSL Rankings as we enter October 2012

  Team Trend Log Comments
1 Kaizer Chiefs 6 1 Amakhosi are dominating with 5 wins and 1 draw in the first 6 league games of the season
2 University of Pretoria 13 2 Newly promoted yet undefeated this season. AmaTuks are in red hot form after a 5-1 win over Ajax
3 Orlando Pirates -2 4 Last season’s treble winners fall 2 places due to a rather inconsistent start to the new season
4 Moroka Swallows -2 5 The newly crowned MTN8 champions drop from 2nd due to their average league form thus far
5 SuperSport United -2 8 SSU finished runners up to Swallows in the MTN8 and would hope to translate that form to the league
6 Mamelodi Sundowns 3 14 Despite lying in unfamiliar territory, Downs have been creating chances. They looked good in MTN8
7 Black Leopards 3 10 Lidoda Duvha have settled for 4 draws this season and suffered their only loss against Chiefs
8 Free State Stars -4 3 Despite being 3rd on the league table, FSS haven’t been too much of a threat picking up 4 draws from 6 matches
9 Maritzburg Utd 3 6 MUFC have failed to collect maximum points from some lowly opposition this season due to lapses in focus
10 Bidvest Wits 4 9 The expensively assembled Wits team is the epitome of inconsistent. 2W-2D-2L record this season
11 Platinum Stars -6 11 Coach Johnson really needs to fix the leak in defence as Stars jointly hold the third worst defensive record
12 Chippa United 4 13 Chippa jump up following a shock victory over Celtic, the Cape side is picking up form
13 Bloem Celtic -2 7 Clinton Larsen’s troops drop in rankings after a string of inconsistent performances against weak teams
14 AmaZulu -8 16 Last on the log. Can’t score. Can’t defend. Usuthu have to dig deep to save this season
15 Ajax Cape Town -2 15 Losing to minnows, losing to big guns. Now they’re without a coach, tough times at Ikamva
16 Golden Arrows -8 12 Arrows have lost 5 of their last 10 games, managing only solitary victory during that same time frame

 

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  • JB

    Martizburg United 1-0 Chippa United. The PSL Rankings are correct. Thought Chipa would win.