Orlando Pirates are on the cusp of finally ending their barren run, but it will only come to fruition should they win their remaining games, most importantly starting with the game against Cape Town City on Saturday.
The Citizens have proved to be a bogey team of Pirates in recent seasons, and Benni McCarthy’s utterances that he will look to have a say in the PSL title race could throw up an even bigger test for the Soweto giants.
While matches are not usually decided on history, the advantage that City hold cannot be underplayed or underestimated.
Since the inception of City by ambitious businessman John Comitis, the two teams have met on six previous occasions in all competitions, and although City
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Nonetheless, City will look to do exactly what they did last season, where they turned Pirates’ title ambitions upside down tipping the scales in favour of Mamelodi Sundowns.
On that day, Ayanda Patosi was the man for the big occasion, but this time around, he will not be there to haunt Bucs as he currently plying his trade in Iran.
However, this shouldn’t bother McCarthy’s troops who are perhaps even stronger this year.
The Citizens have scored 45 goals in the league this season, six more than their opponents but it’s defensively where Pirates will look to hurt City and keep their title hopes alive.
Pirates though have managed just four goals against City in the previous six meetings which could work in the home side’s favour.
With the stakes so high the clash is a cup final of sorts, but the Citizens will favour their chances having also beaten Mamelodi Sundowns recently at home especially considering that Pirates have never won a game against City in the Mother City.