Paradise, Blackbirds to tussle for top spot

All eyes will be on the Wildey Astro Turf this evening as one of the most crucial matches of the Barbados Football Association’s Digicel Premier League will be decided today. The sparks are expected to fly in a clash of epic proportions as Direct TV Paradise and the University of the West Indies Blackbirds fight for pole position in a top-of-the-table match-up.

With Paradise continuing to have their best season in recent years, the Dover-based team are in first place with 30 points off nine wins, three draws and a single loss in 13 games. What makes the encounter as interesting as it is, is the fact that UWI have the same 30 points off 10 wins in 13 games. Goal difference puts Paradise ahead as they have 34 goals for and 15 against for a total of 19. The Blackbirds are on 16 after scoring 32 but conceding 16.
The defending champions, Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme are in third place but still not out of the picture. Having played 13 games as well, the soldiers have 29 points through nine wins and two draws. Weymouth Wales are in fourth place as the last team to break into the 20’s. They are on 24 after 13 games as well. They picked up their points from seven wins and three draws.
Mackeson Brittons Hill are one of the teams who are not up to quota presently, having played 12. They close out the top-five with 16 points with an even split of four wins, four draws and four losses. Rendezvous are sixth in the standings, 12 games in as well. They have 13 points from four wins and a draw. Phone Repair Medic Belfield also have 13 points which they have garnered in a similar fashion to Rendezvous but they have played 13 games and have eight losses compared to Rendezvous’ seven.
Empire (11) are having a tough time their first time back in the top-tier and have only three wins and two draws from their 12 games. They could be making their way back down to Division 1 if Clayton’s Kola Tonic Notre Dame can get their act together. Currently in the relegation zone, the Dames have eight points to show from their 11 games. Their seven losses outweigh the two wins and two draws that give them their points. Lumisol Technology Inc. Pinelands have been the object of the roughest treatment in the top flight as they have won none of their 12 games. Two single draws have given them two points for the year.
With Paradise and the Blackbirds kicking things off this evening at 6:30 p.m, the nightcap game will be going to Brittons Hill and Pinelands at 8:30 p.m.

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