There are now six games left before the 2009/2010 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season comes to a close, and there is no club that has been mathematically relegated.
The PSL has said four teams will come under the guillotine come December, while four teams from the Division One leagues will automatically get promotion.
With that comes an intensified relegation battle as teams scramble to make last–minute efforts to stay up.
In the past three seasons, 36 points have been enough to see teams escaping the dreaded chop. Here we look at the teams that are likely to go down.
Bottom dwellers Rovers are sitting on 15 points, and barely still in it.
Their 2 – 0 drubbing at the hands of second–placed Dynamos is the reason for this.
They have tough fixtures ahead of them.
They still have to play champions Gunners, Highlanders, Caps United, Lengthens, Hwange, and Shooting Stars.
With three wins from 24 matches, no sane mind will actually believe they can pull a cat out of their bag in their remaining fixtures.
Even if they win all their remaining fixtures, they have already failed to reach the 36 point-mark.
After a poor result at home to struggling FC Victoria on Sunday, they most certainly are in great danger.
Perched in 11th position on the log and four points off the drop, Kiglon’s recent poor performance can be attributed to the team’s financial troubles.
Despite having to deal with player unrest in the camp, Kiglon have a very tough fixture list.
The Arthur Chitunhu–owned side still have to play rejuvenated Highlanders, Caps United, Gunners and then Dynamos.
They will need to produce at least two upsets in these four big games and then beat Douglas Warriors in their only fixture which looks relatively easy.
The season won’t last long in the memories of FC Victoria supporters.
The Masvingo–based team is second from the bottom with 17 points and they are certainly bound to make a quick return to Division One.
A win against Kiglon on Sunday provided some relief, but a quick look at their remaining fixture list will show that they need a miracle to avoid the chop.
Their remaining fixtures are Shabanie Mine, Douglas Warriors, Black Mambas, Dynamos, Gunners and Highlanders.
Only 19 points to show for their season so far are not good at all.
This cannot guarantee them top flight soccer next season.
The team has games against Kiglon, FC Victoria, Shabanie Mine, Black Mambas, Dynamos and Gunners on the last day remain.
Black Mambas and Lengthens
Black Mambas on 25 points and Lengthens (24 points) look to be safe at the moment but relegation is not beyond the realm of possibility.