The battle for survival in today’s relegation royal rumble is set for an intriguing finish, but for the five teams bidding to beat the drop it can only be nerve-wracking.

For all five teams in danger of joining Cranborne Bullets on the way out of topflight football, the solution is either win or perish.

But for some, even a win alone may not be enough if those above them also collect maximum points.

From the list of ZPC Kariba (38 points), Yadah (37), Triangle (35), Black Rhinos (35), and Sheasham (35), only two teams will preserve topflight status.

The title tussle at the top was an intriguing affair with the top spot changing at the blink of an eye on several occasions until Ngezi Platinum Stars refused to vacate. The fight for survival has also provided enthralling moments.

ZPC Kariba and Yadah can be guaranteed of safety if they win their matches against Cranborne Bullets and Dynamos, respectively.

The same cannot be said of Triangle, Rhinos and Sheasham who need those two to drop points to entertain any hope of survival.

It could come down to goal difference depending on results and that would not favour ZPC Kariba, if they lose their match today.

It would see them drop to the unfashionable division looking at their awful 23 goal difference, the worst so far in the PSL.

Coach Saul Chaminuka is hoping that the referees will be at their level best in all the remaining matches.

“It’s very tricky at this point. We have not won twice on the trot, but at this point we need to win.

“We must not focus on other teams. It’s now or never. Our league needs to cleansed especially in terms of officiating.

“I don’t see teams competing, I see teams preparing to fight rather than play. The league must do something,” he said.

Sheasham entertain former champions, FC Platinum at Bata Stadium.

Sheasham coach Lizwe Sweswe is praying for good fortunes against Norman Mapeza’s side.

“We must be focused on getting the result we need. It’s a difficult stage but we are hoping to win.

“Everyone is willing to fight and save the team, so we just have to believe that we will get the positive results,” Sweswe said.