Absa Premiership

Preview: Pirates v Polokwane

2015-02-27 15:17
Kermit Erasmus (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates are unbeaten in 2015 and the Buccaneers will be looking to extend their winning streak in the Premiership against Polokwane City at Orlando Stadium.

Read: City buckle up for Pirates

Pirates are only one place and four points ahead of fifth-placed Rise and Shine in the standings, but will be looking to take advantage of the defensive frailties that saw City ship four goals against SuperSport United in the Nedbank Cup.

A push for the title seems unrealistic for the Sowetan side, who are 15 points behind bitter rivals Kaizer Chiefs at the top of the table.

However, second and third are well within reach, with Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits tied on 37 points, only five ahead of Pirates.

Polokwane will be hoping to put their Nedbank Cup woes behind them and bounce back with a win to close the gap to Pirates in fourth spot.

There may be a bit of additional bad blood between the teams because of Rise and Shine mysteriously cancelling the loan of Pirates midfielder Lwazi Skhosane earlier this week.

"There were some issues with the player which unfortunately I can't disclose to the media," a Polokwane club official said.

The good news for Pirates is captain and midfield playmaker Oupa Manyisa will be back for the clash after serving his one-match suspension for collecting four yellow cards.

However, Lehlohonolo Majoro will miss the game as he serves the last of his two-game ban for the straight red card he received against Platinum Stars.

Lucky Lekgwathi resumed training earlier this week but is unlikely to feature in the game.

Polokwane coach Kosta Papic, meanwhile will have a full squad to choose from, with no suspension and no reported injuries to worry about.

When the teams met earlier this season, Bucs claimed an emphatic 3-0 away win thanks to goals from Erasmus, Qalinge and Majoro.

Kick-off is at 19:00 on Saturday, February 28.

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