Buccaneers looking to put Chilli Boys on ice

Buccaneers looking to put Chilli Boys on ice
THABO EUCLITE RAKHALE of Orlando Pirates and Siyabonga Ngubane of Free State Stars during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Chippa United and Orlando Pirates at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth South Africa on 22 November 2016 ©Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Saturday Apr 29, 2017. 14:30

Orlando Pirates will look for a return to winning form in the Absa Premiership when they host Chippa United at Orlando Stadium on 29 April 2017, kick-off at 20h15.

Pirates played to a second successive draw when they were held 1-1 at home by Baroka FC on April 26.

The Soweto giants have claimed 16 points from 12 home matches this season.

The Buccaneers are placed ninth on the Absa Premiership log with 28 points from 24 matches.

Chippa have gone 10 league matches without a win after they were beaten 3-2 at home by Maritzburg United on April 25.

The Eastern Cape side has claimed six points from 12 away matches this season.

The Chilli Boys are placed 12th on the Absa Premiership log with 24 points from 25 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Pirates and Chippa have met in seven league matches since the 2012/13 season.

Both the Buccaneers and the Chilli Boys have claimed three wins, while one match ended in a draw.

Pirates have won two of their three home league matches against Chippa, suffering one defeat in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, the Buccaneers claimed a 1-0 away win in the Eastern Cape.

Chippa have kept four clean sheets in their seven league matches against Pirates.

Pirates’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Baroka: Mpontshane, Matlaba, Jele, Gcaba, Phungwayo, Sarr, Shitolo, Rakhale (Wome 77’), Manyisa, Makola (Qalinge 46’), Ndoro (Gabuza 46’).

Chippa’s line-up from their 3-2 loss to Maritzburg: Akpeyi, Mako, Chabalala, Mvelase (Thopola 54’), Bergman, Zuke, Sangweni, Mbenyane (Sekome 46’), Bereng (Japhta 61’), Mbokoma, L. Manzini.

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