SSU, Bucs set for grudge match

2015-03-20 08:15
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Cape Town - SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates will renew their rivalry when they meet in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

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United and the Buccaneers have clashed in no less than 17 previous cup matches – six of those have been played in the last three seasons alone. The cup record sees Pirates with nine outright victories compared to three for SuperSport, while four of the five draws have gone to penalties (each side has two wins via a shootout).

The teams have met twice in cups this season already. Pirates beat SuperSport 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the MTN8, but the Tshwane side claimed revenge with a 2-0 victory in the semifinals of the Telkom Knockout, a competition they went on to win.

The Gauteng clubs last faced each other in the Nedbank Cup in 2009 – Pirates won 2-0 at home thanks to goals from Teko Modise and Katlego Mashego.

In all, the teams have clashed in 64 league and cup matches since 1990. The Buccaneers have 30 wins compared to 18 for Matsatsantsa, while 16 matches have been drawn. At home, SuperSport’s record against Pirates is nine wins and 13 losses from 30 matches.

SuperSport earned their place in the last 16 of this year’s Nedbank Cup with an impressive 4-1 win over fellow PSL side Polokwane City, while Pirates crushed lower league side Tornado FC 4-0.

Matsatsantsa come into the match on the back of a 2-0 win over University of Pretoria in a PSL match last weekend, though they lost their three previous league games.

The Buccaneers, in contrast, have been in imperious form, with a 2-1 midweek win over Black Aces taking their unbeaten across three competitions (league, CAF Confederation Cup and Nedbank Cup) to 13.

Kick-off is at 20:15 on Saturday, March 21.

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