Absa Premiership

Micho out to find Pirates formula to beat Khune

2018-03-01 12:04
Rulani Mokwena and Milutin Sredojevic (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has hailed Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs for their defensive solidity, singling out Itumeleng Khune for praise.

Pirates and Chiefs will lock horns at the FNB Stadium on Saturday (15:30) in a crunch encounter for the two sides chasing Mamelodi Sundowns at the top of the Absa Premiership table.

The Buccaneers head into the game in second place, one point ahead of Amakhosi. However, Steve Komphela's side boasts the best defensive record in the league, having only conceded 12 goals all season.

Sredojevic is preparing his front-line for a difficult task on Saturday, which according to him is made even tougher by the man in between the Kaizer Chiefs sticks.

"We look to create as many chances as possible so that in percentage the conversion [rate] is much better. When you repeat something several times, it becomes automatic," he said, according to KickOff.

"We have used so many training aspects on how to score in the small goal [posts], the big goal, the biggest goal. We have two or three goalkeepers to score against [in training to prepare for] one of the best goalkeepers in Africa, Itumeleng Khune, on Saturday. This is what we are looking at."

Pirates have scored an impressive 17 goals in eight matches since the turn of the year in all competitions after struggling in front of goal in the first half of the season. However, according to Sredojevic, the real acid test will come on Saturday.

"If we are really so good in scoring in the second round, then I challenge us to try against the best defence to be dominant, effective and have a much better conversion rate. They are a top class defending team, so this is a challenge for us attacking-wise. We need to find a formula for that."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Free State Stars v Golden Arrows, Goble Park 19:30
Friday, 26 October 2018
Wits v Highlands Park, Bidvest Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 27 October 2018
Orlando Pirates v Kaizer Chiefs, FNB Stadium 15:30
Polokwane City v Maritzburg United, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Cape Town City v AmaZulu, Cape Town Stadium 20:15
Chippa United v Mamelodi Sundowns, Sisa Dukashe Stadium 20:15
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

After slow starts to their respective 2018/19 Absa Premiership campaigns, who will finish the season ranked higher?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.