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  • 27 April 2013
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Bidvest Wits - Orlando Pirates Preview: Clever Boys could end Pirates' title challenge

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Bidvest Wits' top four ambitions may dismantle Pirates' title pursuit on Saturday night

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BIDVEST WITS

Baron
Moon, Gumede, Sweswe, Sibanda
Mngomezulu, Faty, Nengomasha, Vilakazi
Mashaba, Chapman
ORLANDO PIRATES

Meyiwa
Jele, Lekgwathi, Gcaba, Phungwayo
Klate, Manyisa, Jali, Segolela
Mabena, Mbesuma

Bidvest Wits will be confident that their current form is strong enough to defeat Roger de Sa's Orlando Pirates and end their former coach's designs on the PSL title.

Wits will play the Buccaneers at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Saturday evening, with the defending champions desperate for all three points in a bid to close the gap on Kaizer Chiefs.

Read more on Collins Mbesuma's thoughts on Pirates' upcoming match

With only five games remaining in the season, Orlando Pirates sit 9 points behind Kaizer Chiefs but have a game in hand on their rivals. With the pressure mounting on Roger de Sa's shoulders, the former long-term Wits' coach will cherish victory against his former side.

The defending champions have received a timely boost with the return of Benni McCarthy and Oupa Manyisa from injury. Whether the duo will start against the Clever Boys remains to be seen, but De Sa will be grateful to have options after suffering from a lack of depth in his squad.

Wits downed Ajax Cape Town 2-0 in their previous match moving them into 6th on the PSL standings. Clive Barler's side is targeting a 4th place finish this season and has enjoyed a strong end to the season.

“Before the Ajax game we knew that we had two big games ahead of us. Facing Pirates will be a huge challenge and it won’t be something new to us,” Asive Langwe told Backpage TXT.

“We must go out there and enjoy the occasion, that it is all, and get the maximum points because it is a home game for us.

“We have an ambition of finishing inside the top four at the end of the season and a win against Pirates will set us up brilliantly for our remaining three matches after this one.”

  DID YOU KNOW?


  • Orlando Pirates defeated TP Mazembe 3-1 in their last match.
  • The Buccaneers have drawn their last six PSL matches.
  • The reverse fixture ended 2-0 in Pirates favour last year.
  • Wits have not beaten Pirates since 2011.
  • Pirates' top scorer this season has been Collins Mbesuma with the Zambian international scoring five goals so far.

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