Struggling Arrows host red-hot Pirates
Cape Town - Struggling
Golden Arrows host in-form Orlando Pirates at the Princess Magogo Stadium on
Kick-off is at 20:15.
Pirates have been exceptional in the league lately and are looking to creep
closer to log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.
Arrows, on the other hand, aren't
playing the best of football and are only a stone's throw away from the
The two meet on Saturday in what, on paper, is a complete
mismatch but as the old saying goes never write a team off unless you are
psychic or a sangoma.
campaign has had its ups and downs. Their ups came in mid-September
where they managed to win three games in a row and their downs have been
the rest of the season.
Larsen's team has been as predictable as the rainfall in Cape Town. More
worrying is the situation they find themselves in:
- Abafana Bes'thende have 27
points in the league, only 4 points away from the relegation zone (Gulp)
- Kudakwashe Mahachi, their
best player, is out injured for the rest of the season (Drink water)
- Their next four games after
Orlando Pirates are up against, sixth placed Cape Town City, third placed Free
State Stars, log leading Mamelodi Sundowns, and fifth placed Kaizer Chiefs
(Spit out water)
could take advantage of Sundowns' African Champions League commitments by
pounding Arrows which will cut Mamelodi Sundowns lead to a solitary point.
were on an illegal drug high after their mauling of rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the
Soweto Derby a couple of weeks ago. They quickly sobered up when Cape Town City
sent them crashing back down to earth after knocking them out of the Nedbank
Cup on Wednesday night.
will be looking to use Arrows as their punching bag to take out their
frustration over their cup exit.
Arrows have won only two of
their eight games (losing four and drawing two). They haves scored just
nine goals and conceded the same amount.
Pirates have won six of their last eight
games, losing just once and drawing the other. They’ve scored 18 goals in
that time while only conceding 10.
hate to be a Golden Arrows supporter right now. If I was to bet on anything I
would put my money on them being relegated at the end of the season. Pirates,
meanwhile, have played the best football in the league this calendar year.
The gulf in class is evident.
have lost just one out of their last four home games, keeping three clean
sheets in that time, while Pirates might be without in-form attacking midfielder
Luvuyo Memela due to injury.
I still think Orlando Pirates have what it take to beat Arrows.
The 12/10 on offer for a Pirates win is easy money if you look at
these two teams on paper.