18 is magic number to clinch PSL title

HARARE - The 2016 Castle Lager Premiership champions will probably need to reach at least 18 wins to walk away with the title.

Last year's winners Chicken Inn finished the season on 61 points and with 18 wins and as things stand any team looking to clinch the league title will have to win 18 games and above to stand a good chance.

In the 2014, Dynamos won the league after amassing 16 wins to reach 57 while the previous year the Glamour Boys had needed just 14 wins to claim the title.

With the current season on its halfway mark at the moment, current log leaders Highlanders are sitting on 30 points with nine wins after 14 games.

If we are to double up the current statistics this would mean that the eventual league champions for the current season are likely to finish with at least just over 60 points and at least plus or minus 18 wins.

Erol Akbay’s men have played some exhilarating football this season under the Dutchman and you would not bet against them reaching or surpassing 18 wins this season.

Second placed FC Platinum are also on 30 points but trail Bosso only on goal difference and they also have nine wins from the 14 matches they have played so far.

The platinum miners have a very good chance of reaching that magic number of 18 wins or more.

In the event the Zvishavane-based side reach that make then Norman Mapeza would have made history by leading the platinum miners to their first title since their promotion in 2011.

FC Platinum will also become the first team outside of Harare or Bulawayo to win domestic football’s biggest prize.  

Third placed CAPS United are another team that has a good chance of reaching the 18 wins when the second round of the league resumes.   

Makepekepe are currently on 29 points from 15 matches after and currently have eight wins from the first half of the season.

Another 10 or more wins for Lloyd Chitembwe’s men then they will be celebrating their first championship in over a decade.  

The Green Machine’s last league triumph came way back in 2005 under Charles Mhlauri.

After a disappointing start to the season under Portuguese coach Paulo Jorge Silva, Dynamos have turned around their season under Lloyd Mutasa and currently sit in fourth place.

The Glamour now have 25 points and have mustered seven wins in 15 matches.

Dynamos win need to get at least another 11 wins or more in the second half of the season win their 23rd league title.    

In recent years, DeMbare have mounted some serious come backs towards the end of season to win the title but this year the Harare giants would need a colossus second round.

The other teams in the top half of the log all still remain with a chance to win the title in the event they can mount a consistent winning streak but the bottom line will still remain for them to get to that magic number of 18 victories.

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