Pirates, City set for heavyweight tussle

Pirates, City set for heavyweight tussle
Roland Putsche of Cape Town City FC tackled by Thamsanqa Gabuza of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 football match between Cape Town City FC and Orlando Pirates at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 18 February 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 18, 2017. 10:30

Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City will meet for an eagerly-anticipated Absa Premiership match at FNB Stadium on 19 September 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Pirates retained their unbeaten start to the season when they were held 0-0 at Maritzburg United on September 15. The Soweto giants’ haul of eight points from four matches and the concession of just one goal in the process will have pleased coach Milutin Sredojevic, though he will want to see more penetration in their attack.

The Buccaneers will be chasing a third successive home win this season, having already beaten Chippa United and Ajax Cape Town (both 1-0) in their two turns as hosts thus far in 2017/18.

City suffered their first defeat of the season across all competitions when they were downed 2-0 on home soil by Kaizer Chiefs on September 13. The Cape side had won all of their first five matches in league and cup competition, but coach Benni McCarthy’s hot streak had to end somewhere.

The Citizens’ only away league match so far this season was a 1-0 win in Johannesburg against champions Bidvest Wits. McCarthy would love to see his side claim another three-pointer in Gauteng - especially against a team he represented as a player from 2011 to 2013.

In head-to-head stats, Pirates and City have met in just two previous league matches. Both of those encounters took place last season, with the teams playing to a goalless draw in Soweto and a 2-2 draw in Cape Town - the latter saw the Buccaneers strike a last-gasp goal through Riyaad Norodien to salvage a point.

Orlando Pirates’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with Maritzburg on September 15:Sandilands, Mobara (Foster 84'), Jele, Nyauza, Maela, Dube, Matlaba, Nyatama, Morrison (Rakhale 58'), Qalinge (Lorch 80'), Gabuza.

CT City’s line-up from their 2-0 loss to Kaizer Chiefs on September 13: Stephens, Edmilson, Johannes, Gumede, Kobola (Mkhize 78'), Nodada, Matsi, Modise (Masina 18'), Lakay (Moseamedi 71'), Patosi, Majoro.




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