Cape Town - Orlando Pirates legend John Moeti
believes Monday's clash between the Bucs and Mamelodi Sundowns is a clash
the Sea Robbers must win.
Currently, both sides are embroiled in the thick of the Premiership
title race with Sundowns leading the way on 43 points, whereas, Pirates
are in third on 40 points.
Meanwhile, Bidvest Wits are in second place on 41 points.
As such, it appears coach Milutin Sredojevic's men need the victory to keep alive their title challenge.
With the PSL league race entering its final stretch, a victory for
the Brazilians could be a massive step towards securing the crown.
Moeti told Goal: "Yeah look, it is a very difficult game and
an interesting one. It's a tough one, but it is correct to call it a
title decider because it's a top of the table clash.
"Both Pirates and Sundowns are in a good position to win the league
title and it might be a decider. If Sundowns win the match I don't think
there will be any other team that can catch them.
"On the other hand, for Pirates even if they win, there would be a
chance for other teams to catch them and there are more crucial games
coming as we wrap up the season.
"The league race will not be concluded if they win and their victory
would give other teams a better chance of pursuing the title.
"I think two things will come out on Monday, the coaches will have contrasting game plans or approaches.
"You will remember Sundowns have just qualified for the Caf Champions
League last eight and they will be motivated to continue where they
"For Pirates, I think they will want to make up for their failure to
reach the knockout stages and they will want to make a statement that
'we want to win this PSL trophy', this is the ultimate prize and they
will want to go all out.
"I think Sundowns will be happy with a draw, but I think Pirates will
not be happy with that result. For them it will be two points dropped
"Sundowns will still be okay with a point to cement their spot at the
top and a win will be a bonus for them, but Pirates must try harder to
Next Monday's action is set to get underway from 19:30 at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg.