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Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates

Kaizer Chiefs vs. Orlando Pirates: Kick off, TV channel, live score, squad news & preview

10:03 EAT 09/02/2019
Willard Katsande, Kaizer Chiefs & Justin Shonga, Orlando Pirates, November 2018
Once again, the nation's most beloved fixture is expected to have fans on the edge of their seats

It’s the 166th Soweto Derby, and a capacity crowd will once again throng FNB Stadium as they look to catch a glimpse of their favourite starts in arguably South African football’s premier fixture.

With Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates currently experiencing a trophy drought, the Derby brings with it an added impetus considering that mathematically both clubs are still in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) title race.

Pirates in particular saw Mamelodi Sundowns leapfrog them into second spot in midweek, and they will hope to gain victory in order to keep the pressure on league leaders Bidvest Wits going.

Chiefs on the other hand, head into the game on the back of a defeat to Cape Town City in the league, and defeat could potentially spell the end of their title challenge as there is currently a 10-point gap between them and Wits.

Game  

Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates
Date Saturday, February 09
Time 15:30 

TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch


The match will be live on both SS4 and SABC 1. You can also catch live updates on Goal.com

Live Match Centre TV Channel
Goal.com SS4 & SABC 1

 


Squads & Team News


Chiefs though are a far more improved outfit since Ernst Middendorp took over the reins from Giovanni Solinas, who tasted two defeats to Pirates in his short spell at the club.

The German-born tactician will almost certainly rely on his tried and tested, but injuries could force him to take a punt on players such as Happy Mashiane, who has impressed since being promoted.

Khama Billiat is likely to be one of the first players on the Chiefs team sheet. While he has gone off the boil in terms of scoring, he is still the club’s top scorer in the league, as well as boasts more assists than any other Chiefs player with five.

The Zimbabwean’s experience could be key in unlocking a Pirates defence who have conceded just 17 goals this season.

Meanwhile, the biggest talking point will be who does Middendorp field in-between the sticks. With Itumeleng Khune out injured, Virgil Vries has come under immense scrutiny for some costly mistakes, and with Amakhosi having signed Daniel Akpeyi, the pressure could be on Middendorp to drop the Namibia international.

On the side of Pirates, all eyes will be on the attacking trio of Vincent Pule, Thembinkosi Lorch and Justin Shonga, who have scored 13 goals between them. But Pirates have won just one of their last five games in all competitions which may be of concern to coach Milutin Sredojevic.

Perhaps, Micho may be tempted to tinker with his squad and give Kudakwashe Mahachi a starting berth as he has two goals to his name this season, and brings with him flair and pace.

At the back, Pirates also have a goalkeeping conundrum of their own with Jackson Mabokgwane and Siyabonga Mpontshane battling it out.

Mabokgwane has never previously played in a Soweto Derby league game although he did star in the Telkom Knockout Cup victory over Chiefs which could see him retain the No.1 jersey for the all-important clash.


Match Preview


While the stakes are extremely high heading into the clash, not even recent history can separate the two sides. In the last 42 games in all competitions, Bucs and Chiefs have both won 12 games apiece.

However, worrying is the fact that Chiefs last tasted league victory against Pirates in 2014, which should see Middendorp keen do achieve something neither of his two predecessors were able to achieve - beat their arch rivals in the league.