Absa Premiership

Preview: FS Stars v Pirates

2015-03-04 15:28
Moeketsi Sekola (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Free State Stars will be looking to take advantage of Orlando Pirates' defensive weaknesses when they welcome the Bucs to Free State Stadium on Wednesday.

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Pirates are unbeaten in 2015 and will arrive in Bloemfontein as firm favourites to extend that run against Ea Lla Kota.

However, following their 3-1 win over Polokwane City on Saturday, caretaker coach Eric Tinkler lamented his side's propensity for conceding what he called "silly" goals.

"It's strange that people say we have a problem with our strikers," said Tinkler.

"Our problem has always been at the back, where we have conceded silly goals. There is nothing wrong with us going forward."

The Buccaneers are currently fourth in the Premiership, 12 points behind log leaders Kaizer Chiefs, but only two points behind Sundowns and Wits in second and third place respectively.

For his part, Free State Stars coach has made sure the focus has stayed squarely on Pirates by stating there is far more pressure on them to win than on Ea Lla Kota.

"They are under more pressure than we are for these games because Pirates are chasing Sundowns and Sundowns are chasing Kaizer Chiefs on the table," he told the club's official website.

However, Free State also desperately need the points as they sit 13 on the Premiership table, a mere two points away from a relegation battle.

Goalkeeper Glenn Verbauwhede looks likely to miss the match through injury while Reuben Thebakang remains a long-term casualty.

For Pirates, Lehlohonolo Majoro returns from a two-week suspension but will receive another ban if he picks up a yellow card in the match.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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