Absa Premiership

Bucs resume 'Downs chase

2015-05-06 08:54
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Cape Town - Orlando Pirates will be looking to keep the pressure firmly on Mamelodi Sundowns when they face Maritzburg United in the penultimate round of Premiership fixtures at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday.

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The Buccaneers currently sit third in the standings, trailing the Brazilians by three points with just two matches remaining this season, leaving victory of the utmost importance for the Sea Robbers this week.

Eric Tinkler's men will feel confident of a positive result, though, as they enter the match on the back of their 5-2 aggregate win over CF Mounana in the second round of the CAF Confederations Cup, meaning their season is arguably only starting, with domestic silverware beyond their reach this term.

The coach also has a full squad to choose from, with no suspension worries or fresh injury concerns reported.

Maritzburg, meanwhile, continue to be without Ashley Hartog for their final home match of the Premiership season, with the captain having sat out almost three months with a knee injury, and he is also unlikely to be risked in the final game on Saturday, against AmaZulu.

Apart from the midfielder, the rest of the squad are all fit and available, with the Team of Choice in need of a win in order to take a major step towards securing a top-eight placing.

"We still have a lot of work to do to secure our place in the top eight," United coach Steve Komphela said. "It was disappointing to lose to Swallows and the players know that. Hopefully we can bounce back."

United are currently eighth on the table, two points ahead of Free State Stars and two behind SuperSport United.

Kick-off is at 19:30 on Wednesday, May 6.

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