Arrows, Pirates battle for top eight hopes

Arrows, Pirates battle for top eight hopes
Dove Wome of Orlando Pirates id challenged by Wayde Jooste of Golden Arrows during the Nedbank Cup Semi Final match between Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates on 21 May 2017 at Princess Magogo Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday May 26, 2017. 11:30

Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates will both be looking to end in the top eight of the Absa Premiership when they meet at Moses Mabhida Stadium on 27 May 2017, kick-off at 15h00.

Arrows suffered a third loss in their last five league matches when they were beaten 1-0 at Cape Town City on May 17.

The Durban side has claimed 22 points from 14 home matches this season.

Abafana Bes’thende are placed ninth on the Absa Premiership log with 35 points from 29 matches.

Pirates have gone four league matches without a win (or scoring) after they were held 0-0 at home by Ajax Cape Town on May 17.

The Soweto side has claimed 13 points from 14 away matches this season.

The Buccaneers are placed 11th on the Absa Premiership log with 33 points from 29 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Pirates and Arrows have met in 31 league matches since 2000/01.

The Buccaneers have 18 wins compared to five for Abafana Bes’thende, while eight matches have been drawn.

Arrows have won three of their 15 home league matches against Pirates, suffering eight defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, the Buccaneers claimed a 3-1 home win in Soweto.

The teams’ 31 league meetings have produced a total of 74 goals.

Arrows’ line-up from their 1-0 loss to City: Gumede, Mthiyane, Mathiane, Jooste (Fikizolo 68'), Phiri, Mutizwa (Sibiya 79'), Mzava, Dlamini, Bilankulu, Magubane (Lamola 59'), Mahachi.

Pirates’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with Ajax: Mabokgwane, Van Heerden, Mobara, Jele, Matlaba, Rakhale, Sarr, Manyisa, Norodien (Memela 76'), Wome (Motupa 61'), Ndoro (Gabuza 61').

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