Wits look to defend top spot

Wits look to defend top spot
Oupa Manyisa of Orlando Pirates is challenged by Thabang Monare of Bidvest Wits during the MTN8 match between Buidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates 27 August 2016 at Bidvest Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday May 03, 2017. 15:30

Bidvest Wits will look to defend their place at the top of the Absa Premiership when they host Orlando Pirates at Bidvest Stadium on 4 May 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Wits recorded a second successive league win when they defeated title rivals Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 at home on May 1.

The Johannesburg side has claimed 28 points from 12 home matches this season.

The Clever Boys are placed first on the Absa Premiership log with 51 points from 25 matches.

Pirates have gone four matches unbeaten in the league after winning 2-1 at home to Chippa United on April 29.

The Soweto giants have claimed 12 points from as many away matches this season.

The Buccaneers are placed eighth on the Absa Premiership log with 31 points from 25 matches.

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

The Buccaneers have 25 wins compared to 16 for the Clever Boys, while 21 matches have been drawn.

Wits have won nine of their 31 home league matches against Pirates, suffering 11 defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, the Clever Boys claimed a 2-1 away win in Soweto.

Wits have won their last four successive league matches against Pirates.

Wits’ line-up from their 1-0 win over Sundowns: Josephs, Scott (Ntshangase 62'), Frosler, Hlanti, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Myeni, Motshwari, Monare, Ngele (Klate 71'), Malajila (Pelembe 88').

Pirates’ line-up from their 2-1 win over Chippa: Mpontshane, Matlaba, Jele, Gcaba, Phungwayo, Mobara, Sarr, Makola (Qalinge 83’), Manyisa, Lorch (Rakhale 46’), Gabuza (Ndoro 71’).

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