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Zeca Marques backs Orlando Pirates to secure win over Golden Arrows

13:44 GMT 01/03/2019
Nduduzo Sibiya, Golden Arrows & Xola Mlambo, Orlando Pirates, October 2018
The experienced coach believes the Citizens can beat the Clever Boys as he previews this weekend’s PSL games

Former Moroka Swallows coach Zeca Marques says Bidvest Wits should be cautious when they face Cape Town City in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) clash on Saturday night.

“These are interesting matches to look forward to, but let’s start with Wits. I think they must be concerned with how City fought against Sundowns,” Marques told Goal.

“Wits are at home, but they must watch out for City, who showed character against Sundowns and they played really well against a good team. That will help them against Wits and they must be confident,” he explained.

Wits' PSL title rivals Mamelodi Sundowns will be at home to Bloemfontein Celtic.

“I think Sundowns have been inconsistent in their last few games and they are conceding at the back. I think they are vulnerable and Celtic will look to steal a point from Downs,” continued the coach.

“That would be a good achievement for Celtic and they are capable of getting that result in Pretoria. That is a tricky game, but they can upset Sundowns,” said Marques.

Shifting focus to the eagerly anticipated encounter between Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates on Saturday night, the 57-year-old coach stated that it will be a tough match.

“It’s another tough match, but I want to give it to Pirates because they like to have space and that will suit their game. Yes, Arrows have shown great improvement in their game and will want to hold Pirates, but I think they will not get a win here,” he added.

“I think Pirates are under pressure, they have 33 points (three behind log leaders Sundowns) and this means they are looking to close the gap at the top,” responded the coach.

“I think firstly, one way of taking pressure off the players is to ensure they play their normal game. I would never tell them to play for a win,” warned the manager.

“The fact that they have carried the team up to this far means they have the capacity to win the league title. The only difference is how to handle the pressure and that is where the coaches must take it and protect the players,” added the former Black Leopards coach.

“I would tell the guys to go and enjoy themselves, play to your best and give 100% and whatever happens, happens. There are situations a coach cannot control in football,” he noted.

“If the players have that mindset, they will deliver the points, but the fact that you allow them to feel the pressure then things will definitely fall apart,” he concluded.