Pirates, Chiefs set for Soweto derby battle

Pirates, Chiefs set for Soweto derby battle
Joseph Molangoane of Kaizer Chiefs tackles Mthokozisi Dube of Orlando Pirates during the 2017/18 Absa Premiership football match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs at Soccer City, Soweto on 03 March 2018 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Scent ition

Friday Oct 26, 2018. 13:00

Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs will meet in an Absa Premiership Soweto Derby at FNB Stadium on 27 October 2018, kick-off at 15h30.

Pirates come into the game on a six-game unbeaten streak in the league, though their 1-1 stalemate away to AmaZulu on October 6 means they have drawn three of their last four Absa Premiership matches.

The Buccaneers have picked up just six points from five home matches this season, with their last result as hosts a goalless draw with Golden Arrows early this month.

Chiefs saw their strong run in the league (seven games unbeaten and 10 points from the last 12 available) brought to an end when they were beaten 1-0 at home by Polokwane City on October 6.

The Amakhosi are unbeaten away from home this season (two wins and four draws from six matches), with their last result on the road a goalless draw at Highlands Park early this month.

In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and Pirates have met in 65 league matches since 1985. The Amakhosi have claimed 24 wins compared to 14 for the Buccaneers, while no less than 27 encounters have ended in draws. The team in black and white have won just eight of their 34 home matches in the rivalry, suffering 11 defeats in the process.

Last season Pirates took four points off Chiefs, with the teams drawing 0-0 in the first half of the campaign, before the Buccaneers claimed a 3-1 win in the return game. The team in black and white are unbeaten in their last seven league matches against their Soweto derby rivals.

Pirates’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with AmaZulu on October 6: Mabokgwane, Matlaba, Maela, Marcelo, Jele, Nyauza (Thopola 46'), Mlambo, Nyatama, Lorch (Qalinge 81'), Mulenga, Shonga (Maphangule 81').

Chiefs’ line-up from their 1-0 loss to Polokwane on October 6: Khune, Mphahlele, Ngezana, Booysen, Walusimbi, Maluleka, Ntshangase, Manyama (Ekstein 75'), Billiat, Zuma (Parker 81'), Moon (Paez 63').

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