The Soweto giants cross swords in South Africa’s biggest fixture of the season
Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs resume their traditional rivalry at Orlando Stadium on Saturday seeking to settle old derby scores as well as pile pressure on Premier Soccer League log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.
It is a Soweto derby confrontation with a lot at stake as the hosts and fifth-placed Pirates bid for a first PSL title since 2012.
Improved Chiefs who are eighth on the log standings would be keen to build-up on their unbeaten five straight league games following a difficult start to the season.
For the first time in a long time, Pirates will have their home ground advantage, with the previous Soweto derby clashes played at FNB Stadium.
The Buccaneers are struggling for form in the Premiership, with three of their strikers, Zakhele Lepasa, Tshegofatso Mabasa and Gabadinho Mhango missing their recent games due to injuries.
Josef Zinnbauer’s charges have won only two of their last five matches as they were held to a 1-1 draw by TS Galaxy on Tuesday and they remained in fifth place on the log with 22 points.
On the other hand, Chiefs have been boosted by the return from injuries of the likes of Samir Nurkovic as they won three games in a row before being being held to two successive draws, the last of which was against Baroka on Tuesday.
However, the Buccaneers showed Amakhosi no mercy earlier this season, with a 5-0 on aggregate in the MTN8 semi-finals en route to winning the title.
Kick-off is at 15h30.
Pirates: Ofori, Hlatshwayo, Jele, Nyauza, Sam, Monare, Motshwari, Makaringe, Pule, Hotto, Lorch
Subs: Sandilands, Dzvukamanja, Mntambo, Mako, Zungu, Dlamini, Jooste, Ndlovu, Mhango.
Chiefs: Akpeyi, Frosler, Zulu, Ngezana, Cardoso, Akumu, Blom, Baccus, Nurkovic, Manyama, Ngcobo.
Subs: Bvuma, Mathoho, Parker, Katsande, Moleko, Castro, Sasman, Zuma, Mashiane.