PSL form guide belies Kaizer Chiefs' domestic struggles

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Despite recent criticism of Kaizer Chiefs and their coach Stuart Baxter, the DStv Premiership's current form guide paints a different picture for the Amakhosi faithful.

Chiefs have endured a difficult 2021/22 campaign and appear set to complete yet another season without silverware after crashing out of the Nedbank Cup at the hands of Royal AM earlier this month.

The Soweto giants' exit from the tournament leaves the DStv Premiership as the only competition the club is still active in, but a seemingly insurmountable challenge awaits them if they are to catch up to league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

Chiefs are presently 19 points behind the reigning champions on the log, albeit with four matches in hand, leaving it unlikely that Baxter's side will be able to taste league glory this season.

These domestic struggles have seen both club and manager widely criticised by the club's supporters in recent weeks but the current form guide suggests there might be a reason for optimism at Naturena.

Over the last six league matches, the Amakhosi have won three, drawn two and lost once,  averaging 1.83 points per game, which is the joint highest return in the league during that period alongside Soweto derby rivals Orlando Pirates and Sundowns.

CHIEFS' LAST SIX PSL MATCHES: P 6 | W 3 | D 2 | L 1 | GF 8 | GA 3 | GD +5 | PPG 1.83

Baxter will be hoping to improve that number even further when the they meet bottom-of-the-log Baroka FC this weekend, knowing that a win could propel his side to second place in the standings, depending on results elsewhere. 

Chiefs have played fewer matches (17) than any other team in the league thus far and their average of 1.7 points per game over the course of the entire season is second only to Sundowns' impressive average of 2.2 points per game.

While the onus remains on the club to maintain this form in the games in hand, these figures create an argument that the Amakhosi are second only to Downs in terms of the form guide, and that their struggles have been exaggerated by the erratic domestic calendar.

Using their average over the last six games as a guide for the remainder of the season, Chiefs are on course to end the campaign on 52 points, which would have been enough to secure a CAF Confederation Cup spot in each of the last two seasons. 

Scroll through the gallery below to see where Chiefs ranked among the PSL's best teams in 2021