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South African Premier League 2022/23, Tips and Predictions for each upcoming matchday. Full information for your sports bets.

2022/23 PSL Season

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The Premier Soccer League of South Africa more commonly known as the PSL was founded in 1996. The tier one soccer league of the country was called the National Soccer League (NSL) prior to this. The league was initially formed with the assistance of top soccer officials Dr. Irvin Khoza, Jomo Sono and Kaizer Motaung. These three men were already chairpersons of the country’s most popular clubs at the time namely Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Jomo Cosmos. The PSL has undergone numerous name changes over the last 25 years due to sponsorship changes. The league will be known as the DSTV Premiership for the 2022/23 season. 

The PSL can lay claim to being the richest soccer league on the continent. The league was dominated by the Soweto teams, Pirates and Chiefs, and Tshwane based Sundowns in the formative years but the inaugural competition in 1996 was won by little known Manning Rangers, a team that was formed and based in the township of Chatsworth in Durban. The team was coached by the irrepressible Gordon Igesund who went on to win the league title with three other teams in the coming years.

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PSL Most succesful teams

Sundowns became the outright most decorated club in terms of national league titles won when they clinched the 2020/21 PSL trophy. It was the Tshwane giants' 14th national league title including a record 11 PSL championships plus three National Soccer League trophies. Their triumph in the 2021/22 season took their PSL tally to 12 title and their fifth consecutive Championship. They surpassed Chiefs, who are currently on 13 national league titles having lifted four PSL championships, a record four National Soccer League trophies, and a record five National Professional Soccer League titles. Pirates have won nine national league titles including four PSL championships plus one National Soccer League trophy and four National Professional Soccer League trophies. The fourth most successful team in the league has been Supersport United who have won three PSL titles.

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The format of the South African Premier Soccer League

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As of the 2021/22 season, the league is composed of 16 teams competing from August to May each season, similar to the format of most European soccer leagues. The upcoming 2022/23 season will have a six week break during the FIFA World Cup. Each team plays the other teams twice in a double round-robin format using the three points for a win system. At the conclusion of each season, the champion and runner-up of the Premier Division qualify for the CAF Champions League, while the 3rd-place team and the Nedbank Cup champions qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup. The bottom team in the league is automatically relegated and replaced by the winner of the National First Division Championship, whiles the team finishing immediately above the bottom team enters a mini-league playoff series with the 2nd and 3rd-placed league-finished teams of the National First Division Championship, with the playoff winners earning their place in the Premiership for the following season. The PSL does allow the sale of teams to prospective buyers provided the correct sale procedures are followed. 

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PSL Sponsorship

The PSL has the reputation of being the richest league in Africa due to their excellent sponsorship deals. The league was sponsored by banking group ABSA for 13 years from 2007 to 2020 until the current sponsorship deal came into effect in 2020.The Premier Soccer League (PSL) announced broadcaster DStv as its new headline sponsor with the league now renamed as the DStv Premiership. DStv is a sub-Saharan African video entertainment company owned by the MultiChoice Group. The Premier Soccer League was proud to announce that MultiChoice DStv brand, has signed a five-year deal to become the new title sponsor of the premier division.  

DStv had been the exclusive TV rights holder for all PSL matches and was strongly linked by the media as a candidate for the headline sponsorship. SuperSport, which has 15 channels in the DStv package, is the main broadcaster of the PSL, having signed a third, five-year deal last year for an undisclosed amount. The pay-channel reportedly paid R1.6 billion in 2007 for the initial deal and R2 billion for the first renewal. The league, which was previously sponsored by Castle Lager - then known as the Castle Premiership - from its inception in 1996 until 2007, will now be fronted by DStv as the new title sponsor moving forward. The agreement will see the public broadcaster shell out R280-million a year, for 144 matches, over a five-year period.

Key rivalries

A key aspect that fuels the growth of the South African league and makes it lucrative for sponsors is its acceptability among the fans. The social setup in South Africa makes it easier for fans and the community to associate with regional teams. Some regions have more than one team in the league and with this, the rivalry grows as these teams seek a claim for the bragging rights.The Soweto Derby comes up as one of the biggest rivalries in the league; it features Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. This rivalry also ranks among the biggest in Africa.

The Durban Derby also sits high among fans; it involves the two Durban sides – AmaZulu and Golden Arrows. The other rivalry comes in the shape of the Tshwane Derby, which features Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United.

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PSL Stats from the 2021/22 season

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Mamelodi Sundowns became domestic champions for the fifth consecutive time this season. Not only that, they have won seven of the last ten titles and have been runners up for two of the last ten years. They are, without doubt, the best soccer club in South Africa since the dawn of democracy.

The 2021/22 season averaged 1,99 goals per game, the first season in PSL history to average less than two goals per game and the champions only had an expected goal for ratio of 1.35. 58% of the goals scored were in the second half with 27% of those being scored between the 76th and 90th minutes. The chances of a home team winning were just 37% while an away team had a 25% chance of emerging victorious. The scoreline stats indicate that a draw or one nil scoreline was very likely in the league last season with 45.5% of matches ending either goalless or with just one goal scored. Despite the low scoring numbers for the season, 81% of the games saw a goal being scored.

In terms of top players, Peter Shalulile was head and shoulders above the rest on the goal scoring charts while Bienvenu Eva Nga statistically outperformed expectations in a goal-shy Chippa United side. Mamelodi Sundowns players also featured in the top assists charts with four of their players in and among the top providers of a chart topped by Khama Billiat of Kaizer Chiefs. It’s no surprise that a number of goalkeepers kept ten clean sheets or more as a number of games ended with just a solitary goal scored but Hugo Marques did particularly well in goal with 15 shutouts for Cape Town City F.C.

As you will see from the stats below the home team there is a serious lack of goals as there have been 45 matches last season that ended goalless. Gamblers can make great profit by betting on the under 2.5 goals option and in total 109 matches produced under 1.5 goals. The PSL has to compete with other global leagues as well as content on streaming platforms and the showing last season did not leave audiences baying for more. A contender to truly challenge Sundowns who seem to start every season with one hand on the title is needed to bring back some much needed excitement and hopefully draw crowds back to televisions and stadiums around the country.

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Main title contenders for the 2022/23 season

There have been many pretenders to Sundowns crown over their last five consecutive triumphs only for them to fade at the end of the season. The giants of South African soccer have traditionally been Pirates and Chiefs but they have faded badly in the last two decades, coincidentally running parallel with the rise of Sundowns. In the 2021/22 season some of the smaller clubs have overtaken the Soweto teams and we will be previewing who we feel will be the biggest challengers to Sundowns dominance.  

Sundowns (Downs)

Mamelodi Sundowns have dominated South African soccer for nearly a decade now and unfortunately for long-term rivals such as Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, that does not seem set to change any time soon. Downs were treble winners in 2021/22, winning the league, the Nedbank Cup and the MTN8. They fell at the quarter-final stage in the Caf Champions League. Downs have not gone overboard in the market, and such is their strength, that they don't need to. The likes of Ronwen Williams, Marcelo Allende and Sipho Mbule appear excellent signings. Erwin Saavedra, signed in the middle of last season, will also be like a new signing as he was injured just after arriving. The coaching staff and the squad remains largely unchanged - no major players have left, which means the Brazilians can hit the ground running. There will be no teething issues and the new signings look good as well.

Amazulu (Usuthu) 

Usuthu finished second and made the CAF Champions League in the 2020/21 season under coach of the year, Benni McCarthy. After a difficult campaign last time out, the legendary figure was fired with Brandon Truter replacing him. A big season awaits the club and the new permanent coach as the ambitious owners demand a top four finish as the bare minimum. From the time of Benedict McCarthy’s appointment until the end of his first season, AmaZulu picked up just five points less than champions Sundowns. He did a remarkable job, breaking all sorts of records and leading the club into the CAF Champions League. Fast forward to March 2022 and he was being sacked with the team sitting ninth after 23 matches and having been knocked out of their CAF campaign in the group stages. This transfer window has seen some big talking points, not least the additions of Gabadinho Mhango (16 league goals in the 2019-20 season) and Dumisani Zuma to help them try and secure their maiden PSL title. 

Kaizer Chiefs (Amakhosi)

The success and failure of Kaizer Chiefs this season is held by a thin thread, as the club looks to fully back the Zwane Project ahead of what is expected to be a tricky campaign. Stellenbosch FC and Royal AM may be ahead of Chiefs in the race to catch Sundowns, but both teams made significant changes in either management or playing personnel, in fact, the most integral players for Stellenbosch last season will line up in the gold and black of Amakhosi. Chiefs’ campaign will rest on how quickly their new recruits gel and if they can find their feet quickly enough, they could come closest to dethroning Sundowns.

Orlando Pirates (Buccaneers) 

Orlando Pirates have always boasted one of the strongest squads in the league and will head into the 2022-23 campaign in the same vein, but searching for the required direction to mount a title challenge. In comes Spanish international coach Jose Riveiro to pick up where Mandla Ncikazi (who is now an assistant) left off to hopefully steer the Sea Robbers ship back on a golden path. The 46-year-old could emerge as a surprise package this term, and having lured Bienvenu Eva Ngah to add to the firepower of Thembinkosi Lorch, Vincent Pule and Deon Hotto, Pirates could be perfectly poised for a successful title challenge.

Cape Town City

Cape Town City find themselves in unfamiliar territory heading into the season. While they have made massive strides over the years, they are yet to begin a campaign as one of the frontrunners to challenge Sundowns for championship honours. City have proven their ability to attract the brightest talents and turn them into title contenders, especially under the stewardship of coach Eric Tinkler. Surprisingly enough Tinkler has one of the smallest squads in the league, a recipe for disaster if one considers their gruelling continental expeditions in the CAF Champions League. One of the biggest boosts for City however was their ability to hold onto their most prized assets in the transfer window. The likes of Mduduzi Mdantsane, Khanyisa Mayo and Terrence Mashego at the back seem to get better with each match and will shoulder the responsibility of contentions on all fronts.

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Will congested schedule, World Cup break have an effect on PSL race?

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A gruelling path is expected to greet South African teams this 2022/23 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season. DStv Premiership teams will have to fight for the ultimate prize while attempting to catch domestic cup titles, the MTN8, Carling Black Label Cup, and Nedbank Cup, which are up for grabs. Four teams - Mamelodi Sundowns, Cape Town City, Royal AM and Stellenbosch - will compete in Africa's Champions League and the Confederations Cup as well. And, smack-bang in the middle of it all, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be staged in Qatar for about a month in November and December, bringing all professional leagues across the globe, including the Premiership, to a six-week halt.

 This has led to an intriguing schedule, especially for the teams that fancy themselves of dethroning current titleholders, Sundowns. What makes it harder for the chasing teams is that Downs are seasoned at negotiating tight schedules and continental commitments, while the others are novices. Travelling, possible injuries for star players and matches are played every three or four days, all of it will undoubtedly take its toll on players and staff. Despite all teams playing each in home and away encounters over the course of the season, fixture scheduling can have a significant impact and benefit teams vying for top-flight honors.

  • These are the most important dates to remember for this World Cup season are as follows:
  • The season will kick off with the DStv Premiership on the weekend of 5th of August 2022.
  • The MTN8 quarterfinals will take place on the weekend of the 12th of August 2022.
  • The Motsepe Foundation Championship will commence on the weekend of the 2nd of September 2022.
  • The last matches before the 2022 FIFA World Cup break will be held on the weekend of the 4th of November 2022.
  • The date of release of players for the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be the 14th of November 2022.
  • The DStv Premiership will be concluded on the 20th of May 2023.
  • The Nedbank Cup final will be held on the 27th of May 2023.

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Betting options in the PSL


When it comes to soccer betting there are a plethora of betting options available in every match. The sport has its rules that every gambler needs to understand and using reputable betting sites in South Africa  will help you as they have excellent promotional offers on all PSL matches and they have a stats page where you can check odds before betting. The worst mistake you can make is to place a bet without the necessary stats. Here, we'll take a look at some soccer bets that are most popular 

Betting on corners 

If you want to remain successful in soccer betting, you have to be open-minded. Online betting sites have a wide variety of markets, so you don't have to bet on one bet type. Betting on corners is among the latest types of soccer gambling. It might seem odd, but if you research adequately, some profits can be made from this option. You can keep track of the number of corners a particular team win on average in every game and use it when determining what your next bet will be. If you are not sure where to start, check things like the team's attacking statistics, defensive tactics, clearing their lines, the pitch size, and the weather. Such factors can often make all the difference. Taking the right approach backed up with data can result in decent profits. It is also important to note that if a strong team is playing against a weak team then the stronger team will most likely have plenty of corners. 

Betting on the double chance

The double chance is an excellent betting strategy to use if you are one of the risk-averse bettors. With the double chance, you increase the probability of winning since you bet keeping in mind that if one of two events wins, you get your money. Betting on two outcomes of a game increases the probability of winning by 33.3%. It's worth noting that if you are betting using double chance, the odds will be significantly lower, so you'll need to stake higher to win a good amount of money.

Bet on the favourites

One of the typical soccer betting strategies is backing the big favourites in a game. It's a simple strategy and can increase your win percentage remarkably. Favourites are more likely to win most of the time, although as with other aspects of life, it's not as straightforward as it may sound. It's not guaranteed that every time you bet on favourites, you'll win. Likewise, the strategy is flawed by the low odds it provides gamblers with. Betting every time on big favourites can make it hard to remain profitable in the long run. However, you can rest assured you will win more times than you'll lose. You can consider the handicap feature when you bet on the favourite as the odds are much greater on this type of bet. 

Betting on the number of goals scored

Soccer bets aren't easy, and going with the conventional option of a particular team to win isn't a good idea most of the time. The outcome can go either way. Creative bets such as betting on the number of goals have helped many soccer gamblers. All you need to do is research before using this strategy. Find out things like a team's average goals per game, how many goals they concede, and the form they are in. Such information can increase the win percentage remarkably when betting on soccer events. In the PSL the average number of goals last season was 1.99 goals per match therefore the under 2.5 goals will win you bets in most of the matches.

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What to avoid when betting on the PSL 


Not Setting a Budget

Placing bets can either make or break your wallet – and it’s of course advised to not let it break it. In the heat of the game, you might want to keep throwing down money, but don’t fall down that hole. Instead, set a budget for your sports betting. Before any game, take a look and see how much you’re willing to spend. If you start with a bet smaller than your budget, keep track of the money you spend on future bets until you hit your limit. Keeping track might not be the most fun activity, but betting away all of your money is significantly less fun.

Taking Unnecessary Risks

There are always some risks associated with sports betting, but that’s the fun of the experience. The issue arises when you start taking unnecessary risks that can potentially cause some adverse effects on your life. Along with setting a budget, this might be one of the most important things to avoid in your sports betting strategy. Be careful to not place a bet that you cannot lose. Sure, a big bet might come with a big payoff, but what happens if you’ve put too much on the line? Make a plan and don’t take risks that you feel uncomfortable taking.

Not Putting in Research

If you’re betting casually, research might not be as important. But if you’re betting and hoping to turn a profit, sports betting strategy and research are absolutely essential. “Just winging it” doesn’t help you properly analyse the game and make appropriate decisions. Take the time to look up statistics and draw up a plan based on previous performance. As games go on, your strategy might have to change based on the circumstances, so being knowledgeable and well-researched will help you make quick decisions and improve your chances of winning.

Having Too Much Team Pride

You probably have a favourite team or player, and it makes sense to want to put your money on them to show your support. But don’t let your team pride get in the way of good decision-making. While it might be a mental block for you, remember: your favourite team or player won’t know if you didn’t place your bets on them winning. Place your bets according to who is playing best and who will give you the biggest potential to win. You can still cheer on your favourite team and cheer their wins, but don’t let their losses mean losses for your wallet. The best advice is to not bet on matches involving your favourite team or player. Remember to bet with your head and not your heart. 

Allowing it to ruin the game for you

Sports betting is a fun way to enhance your game watching experience. But once the betting starts to sour the game for you, it might be time to take a step back. If sports betting starts to become a negative experience, re-evaluate how you’re approaching it. Set your expectations appropriately so you aren’t disappointed. It’s totally natural to be upset if a play doesn’t pan out the way you wanted it to or if you lose a bet, but it is important to remember that watching sports is fun. Keep enjoying the game and enjoying the excitement of sports betting.

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How important is Head To Head results in PSL betting? 

Betting on soccer can be difficult for any punter. It is one of the most versatile sports in terms of betting markets and factors. There are many factors at play affecting the outcome of the match and many other betting events during the game-play. Head to head record between the two competing sides is one such key factor. It has a big impact on many different types of markets. All the football betting tips of the day are created by experts based on important betting factors. Head to head record is one of the most important of these factors.

Many times, two teams can have a clear trend against each other. One side may have done far better or worse against the other. This trend should make it easy for you to bet in the upcoming match. As already mentioned, many pairs of teams continue to have consistency in their performances against each other even after years. There are not always explainable reasons as to why one club does well against the other. You should always check the head to head records between two clubs when coming up with the football betting tips of the day. Past results can be indicators of future outcomes if all the other factors line up well.

How to place reliable bets 

The PSL often has excellent betting odds available at main betting sites but it is very important to note that it is impossible to predict the results of all matches correctly but these are the following steps that you can take to give yourself the best possible chance of winning. 

Know the PSL inside out

It's not just about which soccer team has won their last six games but how well they have really played offensively and defensively. Were they good at keeping possession or were they lucky? You need to look at which teams they played during their winning streak and also, has the team suffered any new injury setbacks. These are the kinds of details that will inform your betting and will better prepare you for spotting those good value markets.

The favourite doesn't always win

This seems obvious to point out but it is difficult for any punter to ignore the price bookies have given. An example of this is Sundowns being the odds on favourite to win their weekend match but they ended up losing their match. There could be many factors for their loss but Sundowns had played during the week and rested players for the weekend match. If the necessary research was done by the punter, he would have known that playing two matches in three days would make it very difficult for Sundowns to win.

Don't just stick to one bookmaker – shop around

There is a big emphasis on brand loyalty in the betting business. Because it's such a competitive sector, companies will try and lure you to bet with them and only them. Whether this is through various loyalty programs or other offers, the intention is the same. Check the offers available for specific bets. The first goal scorer market is one of the most popular bets in football and as a result, bookies all have their own spin on it. Some bookies will double the odds if your player scores twice and treble the odds if he scores a third time. Your research should tell you which of these offers will most suit you for any given match. Be flexible and be prepared to put in the leg work.

The fewer selections, the better

This is something that, even though it seems like common sense, punters forget all the time. The fewer selections you include in your bet, the more chance you stand of winning. If you're betting to make money, think small, not big. Single team bets are great if you can have a large enough stake or three to four selections at a maximum in an accumulator bet. Once you find yourself putting that 20 leg accumulator, you really need the stars to align for you to win the bet. Bookies lose most of their money from single bets and not accumulators. Avoid the temptation of odds-on prices

Punters very often look at the odds on pricing on teams in the PSL and select all the favourites in their accumulator bet. This is not the best strategy to use as there are always upsets in the PSL as the teams are very evenly matched. If you do find yourself desperately wanting that long-shot bet on a Saturday afternoon, do not pad out your accumulator with odds-on selections. You're decreasing your chance of winning for next to no extra cash. 

Consider the less obvious markets

Again, once you've done enough research, you should know your sport well enough to find better value in the hundreds of other markets the bookies offer. It is arguably a way for the bookies just to provide you with more ways to lose but you can find the good prices if you look hard enough. Peter Shalulile was the leading scorer in the PSL last season so he will be a good bet to back for the Anytime Goal Scorer in the match. He scored 23 goals in 30 matches so there is a good chance that he will score in the match. 

Make sure you understand the markets

While we're on the subject of the less obvious markets, if you do pick an obscure one, make sure to check the terms with the betting shop staff. A common mistake is the half time/full time bet vs to win both halves. If you put a HT/FT bet on, your team simply has to be winning at half time and then win the match. If you back your team to win both halves, you are betting on them to win the first half and the second half separately. The team must score more goals than the opposition in both halves for you to win your bet. It's a subtle difference but frustrating for punters who come looking to collect winnings when they're team was leading 2-1 at half time and won the match 2-1. The second-half score must have been 0-0 and so the bet goes down.

Don't bet with your heart

You might really want your team to win. You want it so badly you even start to convince yourself it's possible. Before you know it, you believe it so much that you've put your money on it. And bookies love it because each week they'll rake it in from all the home fans willing their soon-to-be relegated team to beat the table leaders. Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are still the two best supported teams in the league despite very little success in recent years but their hordes of fans still bet on them and the only people smiling week in and week out are the bookies. A suggestion to punters is not to bet on matches involving your favourite team or player as it is difficult to keep emotions out of your bet slip.

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Our predictions for the top scorer in the PSL

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The PSL is not one of the highest scoring leagues and the goal average of under 2 goals per match is testament to that. These stats make the goal scoring exploits of Peter Shalulile all the more impressive as he scored 23 goals last season. He will again start as the favourite to be the leading goal scorer. His sternest competition will come from Victor Letsoalo and Bienvenu Eva. Letsoalo is also the penalty taker for his team so he is bound to be among the top scorers.  

Our free prediction for the 2022-2023 PSL season: who to bet on?

Sundowns with five consecutive titles will again start as odds on favourites for the title but they will have competition from the likes of Amazulu, Pirates and Chiefs. There are also newer teams like Royal AM and Richards Bay that will pose a threat. Royal AM in particular have the financial backing of businesswoman Shawn Mkhize and will be tough to beat if they complete their big name signings.

Best odds on the outright PSL winner

  • Sundowns: 5/10
  • Amazulu: 8/1
  • Orlando Pirates: 8/1
  • Royal AM:10/1
  • Kaizer Chiefs: 14/1
  • Richards Bay: 40/1
  • TS Galaxy: 40/1
  • Cape Town City: 55/1
  • Stellenbosch FC: 80/1
  • Golden Arrows:  100/1
  • Maritzburg United: 100/1
  • Supersport United: 100/1
  • Swallows FC: 100/1
  • Chippa United: 250/1
  • Marumo Gallants: 250/1
  • Sekhukhune United: 250/1

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