Absa Premiership

Can SuperSport hit Pirates with another big score?

2017-12-05 10:09
Luvuyo Memela (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The last time SuperSport United met Orlando Pirates, the men from Pretoria made a mockery of the Soweto giants, beating them 4-1 in the Nedbank Cup final.

And, to make matters worse, Matsatsantsa also handed the Buccaneers one of their heaviest defeats in recent memories, so their clash on Tuesday will attract a lot of interest.

There will be a lot riding into the Absa Premiership match at the Orlando Stadium depending on what happens between Mamelodi Sundowns and league leaders Baroka FC, Pirates could find themselves at the top of the pile.

And, it should also be noted that Eric Tinkler's side are just six points off the top of the table, with six games in hand.

Having been involved in CAF Confederation Cup, Jeremy Brockie and SuperSport have had the advantage of watching the league from afar, and he was able to look at the positives regarding their league challenge.

"It seems no one is running away and taking the league," the New Zealand striker was quoted as saying by KickOff website.

"Everyone keeps drawing with each other which gives us some hope to look further forward and give us something to strive for."

So much has changed since SuperSport handed Pirates a 6-1 hiding just over a year ago. Since then, they've got rid of Muhsin Ertugral, Augusto Palacios, and Kjell Jonevret, and the team seems happy under Milutin Sredojevic, as was mentioned by midfielder Luvuyo Memela.

"I've enjoy working with him and I am sure the same goes out to all my team-mates. He is a very intelligent and humble person and he is one guy who even you are wrong he will say sorry to you," Memela told TimesLIVE website.

"Obviously, we can't take his humility for granted but personally I see it as his way of making people to realise their mistakes and learn from them."

It's quite a far cry compared to last season when internal issues were blamed for Pirates' mediocre performances.

In team news, Innocent Maela remains an injury concern for Pirates and will take no part in the encounter, while Wayne Sandilands, Thabo Qalinge, and Thamsanqa Gabuza could feature.

Tinkler, on the other hand, will have a full squad available to him.

Kick off is at 19:30. 

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