The Relegation Series: Black Forest

The 2018/2019 Botswana Premier League season nears its conclusion as 10 league games stand between league supremacy, relegation and security in the top flight. With the candle burning at both ends of the log table, looks at relegation candidates and their chances based on log standing, form and remaining games.

Black Forest

A morale boasting 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Mochudi Centre Chiefs over the weekend offered temporary relief for the Mankgodi based side, the win saw them move to 15th position for the first time since the commencement of the second round of the 2018/2019 season. The win however was a bandage over a gushing wound for a side that has conceded 37 times, the highest in the division. They along with Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Prisons XI have goals return of 17, the second lowest in the league. Pundits and fans have remarked on the entertaining play that Magoleng bring to games but they have been guilty of failing to keep a clean sheet on numerous occasions. In their 20 games to date, they have conceded by 3 goals or more 6 times, to survive they need to aptly shut the back door.

Magoleng have had a torrid time away from home with only 2 points collected from a possible 30 with an average of 2.3 goals conceded per game. It has also not been smooth sailing at home either with an average of 1.6 goals conceded in their backyard, the positive being that all their 4 wins have come at home.

Upcoming Fixtures

Since the start of the second round, Magoleng have collected 6 points out of a possible 15 which is a success rate of 40%. They have finished their league encounters with BDF XI, Sharps Shooting Stars and Extension Gunners all of which are in the top 8 and also bottom half sides Miscellaneous and Mochudi Centre Chiefs. In the first round they collected 8 points from the available 21 against teams in the lower half of the log and just 1 in 24 points available against top 8 sides.

Magoleng have it all to do in their remaining games with fixtures against reigning champions and leaders Township Rollers, second placed Jwaneng Galaxy, 3rd placed Orapa United and 4th placed Police XI and 8th position occupants Gaborone United still to play.They yet to face 5 of the 7 teams at the base part of the log in the second round. Their 2 wins and 3 loses in the second round albeit an unsavory sight but perhaps their weekend victory against Mochudi Centre Chiefs is just what the doctor ordered and could spark a revival for a side that are just 3 points off 13th position and writing their obituary is a bit premature.

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