Cape Town - Orlando
Pirates will be looking to keep touch with the Premiership's top two when they
welcome Platinum Stars to the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The Buccaneers have been in sublime form since the turn of
the year, having gone undefeated in 11 league matches, winning seven of those
to leave themselves third in the standings, just three points adrift of
However, the Brazilians hold both a superior goal difference
and a game in hand over the Sea Robbers, and are in action the same day as they
travel to Mpumalanga Black Aces.
Dikwena, meanwhile, eased their relegation worries
significantly at the weekend as they dispatched Ajax Cape Town 2-1, with that
result taking the Rustenburg giants five points clear of the danger zone.
It also gave Cavin Johnson the perfect return as head coach,
with the tactician having taken over from Allan Freese prior to the
international break, and he will now be looking for the scalp of Pirates as he
continues to steer Stars away from the drop.
On the team front, Pirates will have to do without defender
Siyabonga Sangweni, who is struggling with a knee injury that ruled him out of
the side's CAF Confederations Cup first-round success over Uganda Revenue
Head coach Eric Tinkler is, however, without any suspension
concerns, giving him an otherwise fully fit squad to choose from.
Stars are also suspension-free and reported no fresh injury
problems, although Eleazar Rodgers and Letladi Madubanya are both on three
yellow cards each and one booking away from picking up potential match bans.