Supersport`s chance to shine

Thu 28 Nov by Mark Gleeson


There are carryovers galore to TAB soccer pools this weekend, when the top two competitors for PSL honours take time off from their local league and their potential challengers get a chance to show if they have what it takes.Leaders Kaizer Chiefs, who have passed the 30-point mark before the halfway point of the season, beat Stellenbosch 4-0 away in midweek to make it 10 wins out of 12 in their best start to a season since 1991.They do not play again until Saturday 7 December when they host Bloemfontein Celtic.Sundowns are playing African Champions League this weekend, when they open the group phase against Petro Atletico of Angola tomorrow. They will be pretty much tied up with the continental competition until the end of January.That means they will have a hectic catch-up schedule subsequently which is likely to tax their squad to the maximum.It also means that third-placed SuperSport United can move into second spot by beating Stellenbosch FC at home tomorrow night, or it could be Lamontville Golden Arrows who are away at Black Leopards.That is a game to savour given what Arrows coach Steve Komphela previously said about his Leopards’ counterpart Luc Eymael.They have not met face-to-face since Komphela said, as speculation mounted in September about Eymael taking over at Leopards, that “this guy has disrespected people tremendously and this nation would be naïve, if not very close to stupid, if they were to allow such a man to come and work here”.But Eymael is now at Leopards and Komphela faces some awkward moments both before and after the game.Highlands Park are another side with the potential to make a challenge, if perhaps devoid of the depth in their squad to go all the way.They have already frightened a lot of teams this season and will be looking to do the same to Cape Town City away tomorrow evening.At the other end of the table, the bottom two clubs play at home on Sunday. AmaZulu host Maritzburg United, who have a cup final on the horizon and could be distracted, while Chippa take on Baroka who are just two points above them.It is a weekend when there is opportunity for clubs to properly market their skills and for TAB soccer customers to win big on tomorrow’s carryover Soccer 10 and Soccer Any 15 pools.

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