Chiefs, Pirates set for derby thriller

Chiefs, Pirates set for derby thriller
Eric Mathoho of Kaizer Chiefs gets his pass away as he is challenged by Riyaad Norodien of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 game between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on 29 October 2016 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Mar 03, 2017. 10:30

Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will renew their Absa Premiership rivalry when they meet at FNB Stadium on 4 March 2017, kick-off at 15h30.

Chiefs have gone seven league matches without defeat after playing to a 1-1 draw at Ajax Cape Town on February 25.

The Soweto side has claimed 20 points from 10 home matches this season.

The Amakhosi are placed fourth on the Absa Premiership log with 34 points from 19 matches.

Pirates saw their winless run in the league stretched to nine matches when they were held 1-1 at home by Polokwane City on February 25.

The Soweto side has claimed 10 points from nine away matches this season.

The Buccaneers are placed 10th on the Absa Premiership log with 21 points from 18 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Pirates and Chiefs have met in 62 league matches since 1985.

The Amakhosi have 24 wins compared to 13 for the Buccaneers, while 25 matches have been drawn.

Chiefs have won 13 of their 29 home league matches against Pirates, suffering six defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, they played to a goalless draw at FNB Stadium.

The teams have played to six draws in their last nine league meetings.

Chiefs’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Ajax: Khune, Masilela, Cardoso, Mathoho, Mphahlele, Katsande, Tshabalala, Maluleka, Molangoane, Lebese (Twala 59'), Paez (Parker 79').

Pirates’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Polokwane: Mhlongo, Gcaba, Jele, Nyauza, Phungwayo, Mobara, Manyisa (Sarr 82'), Makola, Memela (Memela 56'), Wome, Ndoro (Gabuza 67').




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