The South African Premier Soccer League is back with a high-octane Soweto derby this weekend as Kaizer Chiefs take on Orlando Pirates at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday. The two South African giants have blown hot and cold this season and will want to win this game.
Orlando Pirates are currently in fifth place in the South African Premier Division and have endured a minor slump in recent weeks. The Buccaneers have a good squad and have a point to prove going into his match.
Kaizer Chiefs, on the other hand, have managed to recover after a miserable start to their campaign but have plenty of work to do to move towards the top of the table. The Glamour Boys played out a 1-1 draw last week and will need to take it up a notch in this match.
Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs Head-to-Head
Kaizer Chiefs have a historical advantage as far as the head-to-head record in the Soweto derby and have won 31 games out of a total of 71 matches played between the two teams. Orlando Pirates have managed 17 victories against Kaizer Chiefs and will need to improve in this fixture.
The previous meeting between the two sides earlier this season ended in a 2-0 victory for Orlando Pirates. Kaizer Chiefs were outclassed by their opponents on the day and have plenty of work to do ahead of this game.
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Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs Team News
Orlando Pirates will have to account for a few injuries going into this game. Bongani Sam is currently injured and has been sidelined this week. Frank Mhango and Thembinkonsi Lorch have returned to the squad and are likely to feature in this game.
Injured: Bongani Sam
Kaizer Chiefs have their fair share of injuries to account for in this game, with manager Gavin Hunt confirming that Dumisani Zuma will be unavailable for this game. Bernard Parker has served his suspension and will be back for this match.
Injured: Dumisani Zuma
Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs Predicted XI
Orlando Pirates Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Richard Ofori; Innocent Maela, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Wayde Jooste; Ben Motshwari, Thabang Monare; Maliele Vincent Pule, Terrence Dzvukamanja, Frank Mhango; Thembinkosi Lorch
Kaizer Chiefs Predicted XI (4-4-2): Itumeleng Khune; Bongani Khumalo, Eric Mathoho, Daniel Cardoso, Kgotso Moleko; Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Njabulo Blom, Anthony Akumu, Lebogang Manyama; Samir Nurkovic, Leonardo Castro
Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs Prediction
Orlando Pirates have managed only eight points from their last five games and have a few issues to resolve ahead of this match. The Buccaneers have good players at their disposal and will want to avoid a negative result this weekend.
Kaizer Chiefs also have a few concerns to address and will have to be at their best in this game. The Soweto derby has seen some entertaining encounters over the years and should feature yet another excellent contest.
Prediction: Orlando Pirates 2-2 Kaizer Chiefs
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Published 28 Jan 2021, 13:52 IST