Absa Premiership

Preview: Pirates v Ajax CT

2014-10-24 14:10
Thabo Qalinge (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Vladimir Vermezovic will be expected to change things around when Orlando Pirates welcome Ajax Cape Town to Orlando Stadium.

The Buccaneers' ship has been destabilised by a 2-1 defeat away against Mpumalanga Black Aces in a league encounter on Tuesday night.

The weekend's clash will be Pirates' second TKO clash on home soil this season, after they got the better of Polokwane City at the same Soweto venue earlier this month, and they'll once again be looking to make home field advantage count.

With archrivals Kaizer Chiefs up next, head coach Vladimir Vermezovic will be pondering whether to use Daine Klate, who is one yellow card away from suspension.

He is not short of options for the winger role, with Thabo Qalinge, Khethokwakhe Masuku and Sifiso Myeni all available to fill in should Klate sit this one out.

Ajax mentor Roger De Sa has a similar predicament, with Tashreeq Morris, captain Travis Graham and on-loan striker Thabiso Nkoana all sitting on three yellow cards.

Graham started for the Urban Warriors in Wednesday's 2-1 victory over Platinum Stars, along with Morris, who picked up his third caution.

Nkoana, meanwhile, was rested with veteran Nathan Paulse given the nod up front, but he could be recalled and tasked to add his last-16 brace.

The Soweto side is unbeaten in their last six matches against Ajax, including a 2-1 home win and goalless away draw in the league last season.

Kick-off is at 20:15 on Saturday, October 25.


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