Cape Town - The
biggest match on the South African top-flight calendar takes place on Saturday
as Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates lock horns in the 155th installment of the
Historically, it has been Amakhosi who hold the advantage in
the tie, having secured victory on 67 separate occasions - including in the
reverse fixture in December - compared to the Buccaneers' 36 wins.
The Glamour Boys also enter this weekend's clash as
Premiership leaders, while they hold a 14-point advantage over the
fourth-placed Sea Robbers following Wednesday's round of fixtures.
However, Chiefs may be suffering from fatigue, having been
in CAF Champions League action last weekend before taking on Ajax Cape Town on
Wednesday, giving them limited time to prepare ahead of this weekend's mammoth
That is something Pirates could look to take advantage of,
having been afforded a bye in the CAF Confederations Cup preliminary round,
meaning they are yet to kick off their continental campaign.
In team news, Chiefs are suspension free for the encounter,
giving coach Stuart Baxter a virtually full squad to choose from, although the
boss will need to decide whether to keep Itumeleng Khune in goal following his
clean sheet against Ajax, or revert to preferred first-choice Brilliant
There are some suspension concerns in the air for Amakhosi,
though, with Siphiwe Tshabalala, Tsepo Masilela, Siboniso Gaxa and Willard
Katsande all on three bookings each.
The news is similar for Pirates, who do not have any players
serving bans, although Kermit Erasmus, Lehlohonolo Majoro, Mpho Mvelase,
Siyabonga Sangweni and Thabo Qalinge are all walking the yellow-card tightrope.
Kick-off is at 15:30.
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