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Betting tips: Who will win the Absa Premiership?

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Mamelodi Sundowns are favourites to retain the title they won by a five-point margin last season. The Brazilians are the only unbeaten side in the league but are currently occupying the seventh position on the log having only recorded two wins from their five outings this season. Pitso Motsimane’s side lost two of the league’s most potent goalscorers in Percy Tau and Khama Billiat but still possess sufficient firepower in their ranks to successfully defend their title.

Last season’s runners up Orlando Pirates look set to mount a serious title challenge this season. The Buccaneers lead the current standings by one point having played a game more than second-placed Bidvest Wits and two more than fourth-placed Bloemfontein Celtic.

Kaizer Chiefs are genuine title contenders after finishing third last season, 12 points behind Sundowns. The Amakhosi are currently on a three-match winning run and have accumulated 13 points out of a possible 18. With Khama Billiat added to their side, Chiefs are expected to cause opposing teams plenty of problems this season.

Maritzburg United finished fourth last season but their title credentials are facing a stern test, having made a low-key start to the current campaign. The KwaZulu-Natal side find themselves fourth from bottom of the log standings, having accumulated just five points out of a possible 15.

Who is likely to be relegated?

At the other end of the table, newly-promoted Highlands Park sitting in mid table although they are only two points ahead of bottom-placed Black Leopards who are also newcomers.

Leopards are rooted to the bottom of the log after winning just one of their six matches this season. Lidoda Duvha are currently on a five-match winless streak and it’s already looking like a quick return to the second division is a real possibility.

Baroka FC narrowly survived relegation last season and based on current form, another relegation battle is in store for them this season. Wedson Nyirenda’s men have only won once out of seven games and are only ahead of basement side Black Leopards on goal difference despite playing a game more.

Surprise package?

Last season’s relegation survivors Bidvest Wits are being backed to upset the odds this season, having started the campaign brightly, accordingly to a few soccer betting sites, as you can see on Bettingtop10. The Clever Boys are second on the log having played a game less than top of the table Orlando Pirates. If they keep up their current form, a title challenge may not be too farfetched a notion.

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