Nail-biting PSL matches tonight

Kaizer Chiefs take on Free State Stars and Pirates are away to Bidvest Wits.

Kaizer Chiefs take on Free State Stars and Pirates are away to Bidvest Wits. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Kaizer Chiefs are five points behind Premier Soccer League (PSL) log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, knowing that any slip-ups could all but relinquish their slim title hopes.

The Glamour Boys will take on a second from bottom Stars side that are also in a fight to guarantee that they play PSL football next season.

Ahead of the clash, former Chiefs midfielder Linda Buthelezi has backed Stuart Baxter's team to win in order to keep the title race alive.

"Sometimes in a week, they have played about three games. I still believe that as much as their main objective now is to win the league, with Sundowns being on top of their game as well, I still believe Kaizer Chiefs will win this match."

Sundowns are on a nine-game winning streak, having clawed back a 13 point defect to sit on top of the table.

Buthelezi says the money invested in the team means the men from Pretoria need to start winning silverware.

"This is a game of football. Sundowns want to take the league as well, especially [coach] Pitso [Mosimane], given the spending they had beginning of the season. But I still believe Chiefs have an edge of taking a champion's leap."

The other match tonight sees fifth-placed Orlando Pirates away at third-placed Bidvest Wits.

The Buccaneers have struggled under new coach Vladimir Vermezovic, having won just three of their last nine league games.

Former player Gavin Lane says the side will take time to adjust to the new playing system.

"Any team that does get a new coach towards end of the season is susceptible to struggle. The players are adapted to what [former coach] Roger [de Sa] wanted them to play and now that VV has come in, he also wants new tactics."

Lane says the team has just had bad luck at important moments.

"Sometimes it's just not your year or season and I think that's what's happening at Pirates. They have not been the same team, their heads have dropped a little bit after they lost Africa and other cups."