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Pirates legend Helman Mkhalele said it would be very difficult to predict the
outcome when his old club plays against Kaizer Chiefs in a crucial Premiership
fixture on Saturday.
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Mkhalele was a part of the Soweto Derby between 1993 and 1997
and adds that some of the trends in this fixture have not really changed to
He makes the assertion that current form seldom has a
bearing on the outcome of this fixture, adding that there would be a
considerable amount of pride at stake for both teams this weekend.
"The Soweto Derby is never about previous results or
current form you know. It is about pride, and a lot is always at stake on match
day when the two big clubs clash," Mkhalele told Goal website.
"In most cases, the team that normally prevails in the
Derby is the one which is well prepared and wants it the most on match
day," added Mkhalele.
"Good preparations are very important you know, both
physically and psychologically heading into the Soweto Derby."
The one factor worth taking into account, perhaps, is that
both teams have played midweek fixtures in the build-up to this match and Chiefs
are the only team that managed to walk away with maximum points.
If any side is expected to have the edge this weekend,
Mkhalele admits it will most likely be Chiefs.
"Well yes, Chiefs have the upper hand heading into this
weekend's game, because they were boosted by their win against Ajax on
Wednesday," added the former Ankaragucu star.
"However, I wouldn't rule out Pirates just because they
drew their last league game. That result won't count on Saturday.
“Pirates will be out to redeem themselves, as Chiefs beat
them in the last meeting between the two teams," said Mkhalele.