Kaizer Chiefs will welcome Orlando Pirates at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as they will looking to stretch their lead at the top of the PSL logTwo of South Africa’s most supported clubs will once again revive their rivalry on Saturday afternoon, in what is anticipated to be one of the greatest Soweto derbies fans have ever witnessed in recent seasons, considering that both Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are in the thick of the title race.
Amakhosi will go into Saturday’s Soweto derby knowing that, regardless of the outcome against Pirates, they will still be on top, because of the five-point gap between them and the Buccaneers, although Pirates have a game in hand.
However, the pressure that comes with playing in the biggest game in South African football should push Chiefs players to be on their toes, and try to win the match for their beloved fans. Pirates find themselves under pressure going into this game, having drawn their midweek game against Bloemfontein Celtic.
Injuries to Pirates’ key players such as Sfiso Myeni and Benni McCarthy, could have a huge impact on Pirates’ performance come Saturday, but with the squad of more than 30 players, coach Roger De Sa would certainly have plenty of options.
Chiefs have also been unlucky, as it was confirmed that their star striker Lehlohonolo Majoro will be out for the next three weeks due to an ankle injury. George Lebese is another player that Amakhosi will miss most, especially in the middle of the park, as they will be seeking for attacking options.
This Soweto derby would be very compact, because both Chiefs and Pirates have been solid at the back. Morgan Gould will look to deny Collins Mbesuma an opportunity to repeat what he did in the first leg, as the Zambian striker is expected back into Pirates starting line-up.
Another player who is expected to walk into the Pirates line-up is defender Siyabonga Sangweni, although he is racing against time to be fit for the log leaders. Sangweni will battle it out with Kingston Nkhatha, as the Zimbabwean once again proved to be an integral member of Stuart Baxter’s team with a goal against Chippa United on Wednesday.
The spotlight will also be on the two goalkeepers, Itumeleng Khune and Senzo Meyiwa who were both in the Bafana squad for the recent Afcon tournament. Khune has been in a tremendous form for Amakhosi lately, and has kept them in the game on numerous occasions.
Meyiwa, however, will be looking to protect his impressive record when playing against Chiefs. Pirates have never lost to Chiefs with Meyiwa between the sticks.
Kaizer Chiefs go into the Soweto derby as the log leaders, and are five points clear with 46 points from 21 games. Orlando Pirates are placed second with 41 points from 20 games.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Chiefs go into the Soweto derby as the team with highest number of goals scored (39), while Pirates will go into the match as the team with the least number of goals conceded (13).
- Pirates are the only team in the PSL to have kept 11 clean sheets so far this season.
- In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and Pirates met 17 times since the 2004/2005 season, Amakhosi won five, and Bucs won 4, while eight games ended in draws.
- Chiefs are the only team to have not tasted a defeat in the third quarter of the PSL.
- Pirates and Chiefs played to a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture at the same venue.