Highlands Park’s 1-0 loss away to Mthatha Bucks leaves them three points behind log leaders Baroka FC, who lead the way with 59 points. A draw for Baroka in their final game against Milano would therefore seal the championship.
Even if Baroka lose to Milano, they will still win the title unless Highlands Park can turn around a five goal deficit as far as goal difference is concerned. As it stands, Baroka’s goal difference is +27, the Lions of the North are on +22. Highlands Park, who host AmaZulu, are guaranteed to at least make the play-offs – the teams finishing second and third go into a three way play-off with the club from the Absa Premiership which finishes second last.
It was meanwhile a big weekend for newly promoted Mbombela United, whose 4-1 away win at FC Cape Town has given them a great shot at making the play-offs. Mbombela, who host Cape Town All Stars in their final match, are third, with 53 points, and a goal difference of +18.
The team just below them are Milano United (50 points). Milano beat Vasco da Gama 4-1 on Sunday, but are three points adrift of Mbombela, and their goal difference is +14 – four less than the Mpumalanga side.
Also on 50 points are fifth placed Witbank Spurs, who drew 3-3 with Royal Eagles on Monday. But Spurs’ goal difference stands at +9 – nine less than Mbombela’s. The Witbank team end their season with a home match versus Moroka Swallows.
The final round of games take place on Sunday, 22 May, 3pm kick off.