Orlando Pirates once again failed to close the point gap between them and their arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs. They played to a 1 – 1 draw with Free State Stars on Wednesday at the Charles Mopeli Stadium, giving Chiefs a comfortable 6-point lead.
With only five games remaining, it is now highly against the odds for Pirates to win the league title this season, although it is still possible under certain circumstances. If Pirates win all their remaining games while Chiefs lose all theirs, Pirates would win the league. However, that is unlikely to happen. Kaizer Chiefs lost only one match in 25 games, which gives them a losing percentage of just 4. This means that the possibility of them losing a game in their last five remaining games is very low.
Chiefs’ current winning percentage is 56%, meaning that they can easily have three wins and two draws (=11 points) in their remaining five games, which would give them a total of 63 points. Even if Pirates were to win all their remaining games, which is unlikely based on their recent performances, the maximum number of points they can get is 61. Therefore, it is almost safe to say Pirates won’t catch up with Chiefs at this point.
The team that still stands a chance against Chiefs is Platinum Stars. With 48 points, Platinum Stars are only 4 points behind Chiefs. However, Chiefs have a Goal Difference of 28 whereas that of Platinum stars is 17. That puts Chiefs in a much better position. If Platinum Stars were to catch up with Chiefs through a win and a draw (assuming Chiefs loses 2 games), Chiefs would still be at the top. Therefore, Platinum Stars need to win two games more than Chiefs in order to displace them from the top position.
According to how things currently stand in the ABSA Premiership, Chiefs stand a very good chance of winning the league title. Only misfortunes like red cards and injured players can disturb them at this point.