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Round 5: Chiefs-Pirates do Cup battle

2016-03-05 08:00
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The marquee fixture of the last 32 round of the Nedbank Cup sees Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs meet at FNB Stadium.

K.ick-off is at 15:00 on Saturday, March 5.

CURRENT FORM

Pirates beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in a league match on February 27, bringing up a second successive win. That the Buccaneers haven’t managed a streak of three successive of wins in domestic football at any point this season speaks volumes for their struggles to find consistency.

Chiefs had the previous weekend off after their CAF Champions League opponents, Volcan Club from the Comoros, failed to honour the return leg fixture. In the domestic league, the Amakhosi have put together a good run of form which has seen them claim 14 points from the last 18 available to them, though they were held 1-1 at home by Polokwane City in their last outing.

HEAD-TO-HEAD HISTORY

Pirates and Chiefs have been regular combatants in cup competitions down the years, meeting in no less than 23 such matches since 1985. The Amakhosi have claimed nine outright wins (plus three on penalties) compared to seven for the Buccaneers.

The teams met in a cup match as recently as November, playing to a goalless draw in the semifinal of the Telkom Knockout before Chiefs claimed victory on post-match penalties. This will be their first meeting in the Nedbank Cup since they clashed in the 2006 final: on that occasion the teams also played to a 0-0 stalemate before the Amakhosi won on penalties.

In all, the teams have clashed in 84 matches across all competitions since 1985, with Chiefs claiming 33 wins compared to Pirates’ 20. The teams’ most recent clash was a league match in January which ended 1-1.

NEDBANK CUP PEDIGREE

Chiefs boast the most Nedbank Cup titles (13) of any team and were champions as recently as 2013. Last season they reached the last 16 before suffering a surprise defeat at the hands of National First Division side Black Leopards.

Pirates have won the Nedbank Cup eight times, and were champions as recently as 2014. Last season the Buccaneers were also knocked out in the last 16, going down 1-0 at the hands of SuperSport United.

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