Local News 16.8.2016 12:56 pm

Seven days before Premiership kick-off

Ben Motshwari of Wits and Siphiwe Tshabalala of Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between Bidvest Wits and Kaizer Chiefs at Bidvest Stadium. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Ben Motshwari of Wits and Siphiwe Tshabalala of Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between Bidvest Wits and Kaizer Chiefs at Bidvest Stadium. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Today marks exactly seven days before the kick-off of the 2016/17 Absa Premiership season. The season will kick-off on Tuesday night, August 23.

14 of the 16 Absa Premiership clubs will be in action on Tuesday and Wednesday night as domestic top flight football returns.

All fixtures on the opening night (Tuesday) and Wednesday will kick-off at 7.30pm. Tuesday will see four fixtures played while Wednesday night will have three matches.

Day one of the 2016/17 season will see last season’s Absa Premiership runners-up, Bidvest Wits host Kaizer Chiefs at the Bidvest Stadium.

While 15 of the 16 league clubs have been playing friendly games over the past three months, reigning champions Mamelodi Sundowns have been keeping busy via their progression in Africa.

The Brazilians are in the semi-finals of the Caf Champions League and will seemingly be best prepared to tackle the season full on.

Pitso Mosimane’s men, however, will not be in action when the first round of games are played next week due to their continental commitments – they have a date in Nigeria with Enyimba on Tuesday to conclude the formality of group matches, which they already have reached, before the semi-finals next month.

But there will be plenty of other action to look forward to, with four matches scheduled for the opening day of action next Tuesday, including a first glimpse of promoted Baroka FC and the PSL’s newest franchise, Cape Town City.

‘Bakgaga’ will be at home to Ajax Cape Town at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, whilst City, previously known as Mpumalanga Black Aces, will welcome Polokwane City to the Cape Town Stadium.

Also on Tuesday, two teams expected to be Sundowns’ biggest title threats – Bidvest Wits and Kaizer Chiefs – come up against each other at the Bidvest Stadium.

The final match on the first night of action will see Chippa United take on Free State Stars at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

There are three more matches on Wednesday with Orlando Pirates playing Golden Arrows in Soweto, Platinum Stars up against SuperSport United at Royal Bafokeng Stadium and Bloemfontein Celtic to take on Maritzburg United at Dr. Molemela Stadium.

All the matches kick-off at 7.30pm.

poll

results

Celtic 1-2 Arrows
United 0-0 FS Stars
Chiefs 2-0 Maritz United
Plat Stars 0-1 Baroka

fixtures

Pirates vs Plat Stars
Maritzburg Utd vs P City
Highlands P vs CT City
Chiefs vs FS Stars

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Arrows 4 9
2 Orlando Pirates 3 7
3 Bidvest Wits 3 7
4 Kaizer Chiefs 4 7
5 Cape Town City 4 7
6 SuperSport United 4 5
7 Polokwane City 4 5
8 Chippa United 2 4
9 Platinum Stars 3 4
10 Baroka FC 4 4
11 Maritzburg Utd 4 4
12 Highlands Park 3 3
13 Ajax Cape Town 4 2
14 Free State Stars 4 2
15 Sundowns 1 1
16 Bloem Celtic 3 1