Absa Premiership

Pirates, Maritzburg in top of the table clash

2017-09-15 11:09
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Cape Town - Maritzburg United and Orlando Pirates go head-to-head in a top-of-the-table Premiership clash at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday with both teams looking to extend their unbeaten starts to the season.

Kick off is at 20:00.

The Team of Choice have been particularly impressive thus far, although they were brought back down to earth in recent days with their MTN8 exit.

However, they did bounce back from that setback by claiming a point away at AmaZulu in their KwaZulu-Natal derby on Tuesday.

It was the second of three matches in a hectic six-day window with United coach Fadlu Davids promising to make wholesale changes against the Buccaneers.

"If we want to maintain the intensity, we simply have to make changes," Davids said. "And by changes I'm not talking one or two, but seven or eight. So expect a different team to take to the field on Friday.

"The seven points we have mean nothing, this will be a different game and we hope we can continue the way we playing in order to get the three points."

The KZN outfit were dealt a blow in midweek when Bevan Fransman limped off against Usuthu, ruling him out of the tie.

He joins fellow centre-back Brian Onyango on the sidelines, while Liam Youlley and Mondli Dlamini also miss out. Cameroon international Yazid Atouba is suspended.

Pirates, who beat Ajax Cape Town in midweek, have key players Siyabonga Mpontshane, Nkosinathi Mthiyani, Lehlohonolo Mtshali, Thamsanqa Sangweni and Riyaad Norodien all out through injury.

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Saturday, 28 April 2018
Wits v AmaZulu FC, Bidvest Stadium 15:00
Cape Town City FC v Orlando Pirates, Cape Town Stadium 15:00
Kaizer Chiefs v Maritzburg United, FNB Stadium 15:00
Free State Stars v Polokwane City, Goble Park 15:00
Mamelodi Sundowns v Ajax Cape Town, Lucas Moripe Stadium 15:00
Baroka FC v Bloemfontein Celtic, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Golden Arrows v Platinum Stars, Princess Magogo Stadium 15:00
Chippa United v SuperSport United, Sisa Dukashe Stadium 15:00
Saturday, 12 May 2018
Ajax Cape Town v Kaizer Chiefs, Cape Town Stadium 15:00
Bloemfontein Celtic v Mamelodi Sundowns, Dr Molemela Stadium 15:00
Maritzburg United v Golden Arrows, Harry Gwala Stadium 15:00
AmaZulu FC v Cape Town City FC, King Zwelithini Stadium 15:00
SuperSport United v Baroka FC, Lucas Moripe Stadium 15:00
Polokwane City v Chippa United, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Orlando Pirates v Free State Stars, Orlando Stadium 15:00
Platinum Stars v Wits, Royal Bafokeng Stadium 15:00
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