The Great Divider - The Soweto Derby
Cape Town - The fixture
is known for dividing households, co-workers, neighbours and gym buddies,
s versus Kaizer Chiefs
- the Soweto derby
Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs meet in another instalment of one of the
continent’s biggest derbies at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Soweto derby has not lived up to the hype in recent
years. The games have been dull with not many goals scored. The fixture has
become more of a social event than a competitive derby match. But, this
year, it’s a little different. Both teams are for the first time, in
years, vying to win the league. The stakes are high. On Saturday, Which
half of the country will celebrate, the gold or the black?
Pirates are in championship form in 2018. The Sea Robbers have collected
15 points out of a possible 21 points this year. The good run has seen them
hopscotch their way to the second spot on the table only four behind log
leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.
and assistant Rhulani have reanalysed how poorly the team played in the first
half of the season. They corrected it and now Pirates are playing an exciting
brand of football with a lot of goals.
Chiefs also started 2018 well. Amakhosi are on an eight games unbeaten streak
in 2018. Which sounds great but they have only won 2 and drawn 3 of their last
cost Kaizer Chiefs.
Here are a
couple of things Steve Komphela needs to realise:
the equal amount of goals as your opponents at the end of 90 minutes means the
game is a draw.
he fail to win a trophy this season he will be jobless.
defensively against inferior teams will lead to draws.
isn't easy to find a job in South Africa.
? 57-year-old Simphiwe Tshabalala isn't the answer to your problems.
Pirates last five games in all competitions
Chiefs last five games in all competitions
BET.co.za has really
good odds on
Saturday's game. Orlando Pirates 1.55, Draw 1.80, Kaizer Chiefs 1.85.
Pirates are playing well and are slight favourites to win the game. Even though
they are "playing to secure a top 8 position" as their coach is
always quick to remind us, Orlando Pirates have an opportunity - if AmaZulu
could do them a favour tonight- to close the gap between them and Downs to a
Steve Komphela and his Kaizer Chiefs side need this win more than Orlando
Pirates. Komphela’s contract is expiring, and this could be the last hurrah for
players like Tshabalala and Bernard Parker. Every point counts and
Chiefs cannot continue to drop points with only 7 games remaining. Kaizer
Chiefs need this. Steve Komphela needs this.
Pirates are in good goalscoring form. Striker Shonga, playmakers Memela, and
Lorch are currently playing their best football this season but the Kaizer
Chiefs defence is stubborn and will not be beaten by their own defensive
mistakes. If Orlando Pirates score first I see a Pirates win if Chiefs net
first I predict a draw.