What we’ve learned from this PSL season so far

It may still be early days, but this week’s action in the Absa Premiership showed us a lot of what we should expect from the coming season.

It may still be early days, but this week's action in the Absa Premiership showed us a lot of what we should expect from the coming season.

After two games, KZN Midlands minnows Maritzburg United sit pretty at the top of the table with two wins from two. Fadlu Davids' men have found the back of the net four times, and are yet to conceed. Their start to the new season resembles that of another United in England.

It's still too early to tell if The Team of Choice will have another good season, but they've started the campaign well, and the confidence they will have picked up in winning their first three games will serve them well for the coming months. And, having had a quiet campain last season, striker Evans Rusike is looking in the mood again.

Are we about to witness a Leicester-season in the PSL? Probably not. But, something special is brewing in the KZN capital.

Another "small" club that's gone about their business in impressive fashion are Cape Town City.

The Citizens are keen to prove to everyone that their heroics last season, where they pushed Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns all the way was not fluke. The club signed well in the off season, and we saw their new signings in Ayanda Patosi and Teko Modise find the back of the net as they easily dispatched Platinum Stars in the Mother City on Wednesday.

Football fans, particularly in Cape Town, will be hoping Benni McCarthy, the city's favourite son, and his team can keep their impressive start going.

Due to the international break, and cup competition, the league will resume again on September 12. Both Maritzburg United and Cape Town City will be itching to get a crack at their next opponents.

Standing in City's way will be Steve Komphela and Kaizer Chiefs. After three games in all competitions, the biggest club in the land are yet to win a game, and the pressure on the coach will have increased.

The international break comes as the perfect time for the Glamour Boys as it will give them an opportunity to iron out the many chinks in their armour.

After two games, Amakhosi find themselves in 14th place, which is totally not acceptable. But, with a lot of time still to go, pushing the panic button is the furtherst thing in anyone's mind.

While Chiefs have been slow out of the starting blocks, their Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates have had an encouraging start to the new campaign. 

New coach Milutin Sredojevic will have been unhappy with their 1-1 draw against Baroka FC on Tuesday, but signs are there that the mighty Buccaneers mean business this time around.

Their new goalkeeper in Wayne Sandilands will give them a lot of confidence at the back, but they still need their attackers to be more clinical with their chances.

The Sea Robbers will definitely finish higher this season than they did during 2016-17.

As things stand, it looks as though the Mamelodi Sundowns bubble has burst. Probably not. The Brazilians, despite a faltering start to the season, should still be the outright favourites to walk away with the league trophy. But, they need to get their big players playing at their best soon. And, they need to address the huge elephant in the room which is Khama Billiat's future.

The likes of Oupa Manyisa and George Lebese will prove to be inspired signings, but they need time to adapt to their new club.

The team that pipped them to the title last season has also not been so hot this campaign. Having made some impressive signings in the off season, everyone thought it would be business as usual for the champions Bidvest Wits. But, they too have struggled.

But, anyone who writes them off now will be doing so at their peril. Gavin Hunt has a great team at his disposal, and they will no doubt start picking up victories and climbing up the log..

It's still too early to have a clear picture on how things will go, but from what we've seen so far, it's going to be an exciting season.

By Lunga Biyela

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