Can Arrows finally get the better of Pirates?

Can Arrows finally get the better of Pirates?
Thembinkosi Lorch of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on 21 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 10:45

Golden Arrows will go in search of their first cup win against Orlando Pirates when the teams meet in the last 16 of the Telkom Knockout, with their match set for the Princess Magogo Stadium on 28 October 2017, kick-off at 15h30.

Arrows and Pirates have met in five previous cup matches (four of them in the Telkom KO) and the Soweto giants have emerged victorious on every occasion, racking up an aggregate score of 11-2. The teams’ most recent knockout meeting was in the semifinals of last season’s Nedbank Cup, where the Buccaneers won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Abbubaker Mobara.

Across all competitions, Arrows and Pirates have met in 37 matches since 2000/01. Bucs have dominated the rivalry, claiming no less than 23 wins compared to just six for Abafana Bes’thende.

However, it was the Durban side who claimed victory when the teams last met: a league clash in the final round of the 2016/17 season saw Arrows pick up a 2-1 home win, thanks to goals from Lerato Lamola and Knox Mutizwa.

Abafana Bes’thende have never won the League Cup, nor reached the final, while in the 2016 edition of the Telkom Knockout they were beaten 2-1 in Soweto by Pirates in the last 16 round.

Pirates have won the TKO just once (2011) and last season got as far as the semifinals before they were beaten 1-0 by eventual runners-up SuperSport United.

In terms of current form, Arrows and Pirates have managed only draws in their matches this month: the former have been held 1-1 and 2-2 by Baroka FC and Polokwane City respectively, while the latter drew 1-1 with Platinum Stars before a goalless stalemate with Soweto derby rivals Kaizer Chiefs last weekend.

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