Founded in 1996, South Africa’s globally recognized Premier Soccer League (PSL), now also known as the DStv Premiership after MultiChoice announced the new league sponsor, DStv, in September 2020, has captured the hearts, minds and souls of our local and also not-so-local fanatics.
The league comprises 16 teams competing from August to May, following a similar format of the mainstream European football leagues, where each team plays their opponent twice in a double round-robin format. At the end of each season, the winner and runner-up qualify for the CAF Champions League, while the 3rd-place team qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup.
More notedly, the PSL also plays host to the biggest sporting rivalry on the African continent and easily considered its most infamous clash - the Soweto Derby where two of South Africa’s fiercest footballing rivals, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, both hailing from the historically rich township of Soweto, meet for this epic battle. A rivalry that was first contested as far back as January 1970, when a former Orlando Pirates star, Kaizer Motaung, founded the Kaizer Chiefs FC.
Although 16 teams are competing, there are a select few who have left a lasting legacy and even more so, are fierce contestants to clinch the title, namely Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United. Let’s take a closer look at some of this league's Big Dogs!
Honourable mention: Cape Town City FC founded in 1962 have left a lasting impression on the PSL. Hailing from the scenic city of Cape Town, The Citizens, as they are commonly referred to, have certainly made their presence known and risen through the ranks winning various major tournaments like the Telkom Knockout Cup in 2016, leaving SuperSport United in their wake defeating them 2-1 in the final and the MTN 8 in 2018.
Currently the top of the PSL (DStv Premiership) Table doesn’t look too different to that of yesteryears, with the formidable Mamelodi Sundowns, who find themselves unbeaten and topping the table with SuperSport United and Cape Town City FC trailing closely behind in second and third place, respectively. Orlando Pirates are on the prowl and are primed to reach the top spot as they continue their PSL campaign. Want to get a little closer to the PSL and soccer betting action? Sportingbet South Africa has brought all the latest PSL action and other local leagues straight to your fingertips!
To place football/soccer bets, head over to Sportingbet and select ‘Football’ from the top navigation bar. Here you will be presented with the ‘Top Competitions’ window in the top left corner of the screen which includes a link to the Premier Soccer League. All current and up-coming events as well as respective odds are presented in the centre of your screen. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular soccer betting odds or markets on offer -
Who do you think will be top of the pack as this season’s PSL action heats up? Whether you’re upping The Bucs with the Sea Robbers - Orlando Pirates, part of the ‘Love & Peace’ squad of the Amakhosi’s - Kaizer Chiefs or a member of the Cape Town City FC Citizen’s club, Sportingbet has all the International and local soccer betting action with the latest soccer odds, ready and waiting for you!