Chiefs, Pirates eye showdown
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Soweto - Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will cross swords for the first time in the Absa Premiership this season when they meet at FNB Stadium on Saturday, kick-off at 3:30pm.
Chiefs have racked up seven points from their last three league matches. Their last outing was a 2-1 home win over Platinum Stars.
The team in gold and black is unbeaten at home this season, having claimed two wins and a draw from three matches.
Their next three league opponents are Ajax Cape Town (away), Bidvest Wits (home) and Mamelodi Sundowns (away).
The Amakhosi are placed fourth on the Absa Premiership log with 11 points from six matches.
Pirates will be playing just their third league match of the season. Their previous outing was a 1-0 win at home to Polokwane City.
[embed:video:id=288814] Due to their participation in the CAF Champions League and subsequent postponements, this is Pirates’ first away league match of the season.
Their next three league opponents are Mpumalanga Black Aces (home), Moroka Swallows (away) and SuperSport United (home).
The Buccaneers are placed 16th on the Absa Premiership log with three points from two matches.
In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and Pirates have met in 55 league matches since 1985.
The Amakhosi boast 22 wins compared to 12 for the Buccaneers, while 21 matches have been drawn.
Chiefs have a strong home record against Pirates, with 13 wins and just five losses from 26 matches, though they have won just one of their last five home league matches against their arch rivals.
Last season the teams shared the spoils in both of their league clashes drawing 1-1 in the home game for Bucs and 0-0 with Amakhosi as hosts.
Chiefs’ line-up from their 2-1 win over Stars: Khune, Dladla, Gould, Mathoho, Ritchie, Lebese (Mashamaite 90+3’), Letsholonyane, Katsande, Nkosi (Tshabalala 69’), Parker, Majoro (Musona 60’).
Pirates’ line-up from their 1-0 win over Polokwane: Meyiwa, Jele, Mahamutsa, Sangweni, Phungwayo, Segolela (Twala 84’), Jali, Manyisa, Ngoma (Mbuyane 62’), Erasmus (Myeni 75’), Gabuza.