Absa Premiership

Sundowns clash is a must win for Bucs, says Moeti

2019-03-27 13:22
Milutin Sredojevic
Milutin Sredojevic (Gallo Images)

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 left off.

"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 at home.

"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 win it."

Next Monday's action is set to get underway from 19:30 at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg.


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