Cape Town - Two
clubs with new coaches at the helm, Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic, go
head to head at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.
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The Buccaneers, now under caretaker coach Eric Tinkler, are
placed fifth on the league standings with 23 points from 16 matches.
Celtic are 10th, with 20 points from 16 games, having
changed coaches at the beginning of this week when Clinton Larsen took over
from Ernst Middendorp.
Larsen made a good start to his latest chapter with the
club, securing a 2-0 win against Black Aces in midweek, while Pirates could
only manage a 1-1 stalemate against Moroka Swallows on Wednesday.
While Larsen’s arrival brought to an end a run of just one
point from four matches under Middendorp, Pirates have blown hot and cold since
Tinkler took over three weeks ago, the former Bafana midfielder having seen his
side win one, draw two and lose one of the four games in which he has been in
Tinkler at least has two strikers very much in form and both
Kermit Erasmus and Lehlohonolo Majoro (who netted against Swallows) will be out
to show what they can do after being somewhat surprisingly left out of Shakes
Mashaba’s 2015 AFCON preliminary squad.
Larsen, though, has talked about his side being more relaxed
in front of goal and this seemed to pay off with a double strike from the
highly-rated Gabadinho Mhango in the win over Aces.
Neither team has any suspensions nor new injury concerns
ahead of the showdown in Soweto.
The first-round encounter between the two sides ended in a
2-2 draw in the Free State. Overall Bucs have had the better of Phunya Sele
Sele over the years, with 27 wins over 12 and 14 draws.
Kick-off is at 20:15.