Absa Premiership

Preview: Wits v Orlando Pirates

2015-04-14 15:13
Kermit Erasmus (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The battle for second place in the Premiership continues when Bidvest Wits welcome Orlando Pirates to the Bidvest Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The Clever Boys will be seeking some semblance of revenge against the Buccaneers, having been defeated on three separate occasions by the very same opponents.

And, with Wits trailing Eric Tinkler's side by just three points in the Premiership standings, with a game in hand, a win on Tuesday would keep them in the hunt for a second-placed finish.

Pirates, meanwhile, are three points behind Sundowns in second, but have played one more game than both Wits and Downs.

Speaking to Sports24 following his side's 2-1 defeat to Ajax Cape Town in the Nedbank Cup, Wits striker Sibusiso Vilakazi said: "We are now looking into the league and it's only six games remaining.

"I think we can do better as long as we improve on our finishing.

"We can also try to make ourselves strong in attack going forward and we should also learn as a team from our previous mistakes in front of goal."

On the team news front, Pirates have been boosted by the returns of Kermit Erasmus, Thabo Matlaba and Siyabonga Sangweni.

The trio are back in training after recovering from respective injury problems and could play some part in Tuesday's clash.

However, Elias Palembe (knee) and Lucky Lekgwathi (ankle) remain on the treatment table, while suspended midfielder Ben Motshwari is the only confirmed absentee for Wits.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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