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Revitalised Chiefs face nemesis Bucs

KAIZER Chiefs will lock horns with their Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates in a massive Absa Premiersmatch at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 3:30pm.

Amakhosi are oozing with confidence after securing a 2-1 victory over their Gauteng rivals Mamelodi Sundowns in a league match at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Tuesday.

Siyabonga Ngezana and Bernard Parker both netted for Chiefs, who returned to winning ways in the league, and they have now recorded three wins, three draws and two defeats this season.

Chiefs are placed fourth on the league standings with 12 points from eight matches. They are four points behind log leaders Baroka FC.

Meanwhile, Pirates were frustrated by a stubborn Platinum Stars side on Wednesday and the league encounter ended in a 1-1 stalemate at the FNB Stadium.

Thabo Matlaba opened the scoring for Bucs, who are winless in their last three league matches. They have registered three victories, four draws and one defeat this season.

Pirates find themselves placed third on the league standings with 13 points from eight games. They are three points behind log leaders Baroka.

Possible starting line-ups:

Chiefs: Khune, Ngezana, Mathoho, Cardoso, Zulu, Katsande, Maluleka, Molangoane, Tshabalala, Ekstein, Parker.

Pirates: Sandilands, Mobara, Jele, Nyauza, Maela, Matlaba, Nyatama, Makola,

Head-to-Head

LAST 10 LEAGUE RESULTS

Season Result Scorers

2012/13 Pirates 1-1 Chiefs Mbesuma; Majoro

2012/13 Chiefs 0-0 Pirates

2013/14 Chiefs 1-1 Pirates Nkhatha; Erasmus

2013/14 Pirates 0-1 Chiefs Katsande

2014/15 Pirates 0-2 Chiefs Tshabalala, Mthembu

2014/15 Chiefs 0-0 Pirates

2015/16 Chiefs 1-3 Pirates Mathoho; Sarr, Gcaba, Gabuza

2015/16 Pirates 1-1 Chiefs Gabuza; Katsande

2016/17 Pirates 0-0 Chiefs

2016/17 Chiefs 1-1 Pirates Molangoane; Masilela (og)

What are the teams saying:

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela:

“It was a nice confidence boost winning a match, but again, we said it when we went to Baroka – they wanted it more and they got it. When we went to Sundowns, we wanted it more and we got it,” he said. “We will go to Pirates and we need to have the same feeling, because if you think otherwise then you’ll have problems, and we don’t want to go through problems.

“For that matter, with Derbies there are no favourites. There’s a tendency of people coming to the Derby on the back of not doing well and they pull a surprise. We just have to focus on the match on Saturday.” Orlando Pirates captain Thabo Matlaba

“Both teams have started well. I think that this game is going to be a very entertaining game with goals. I am sure about that because of the positive start that both teams have had,” he said.

“The fans will be entertained and I am certain that there will be goals as even though we both have started well, we both need this win. This is the Soweto Derby. It is all about the first, so we must get a win for the fans. “Our fans are known as the Happy People, they must be always happy. We must repay them for the support they have given us, because as we all know we didn’t do well last season.”

Kaizer Chiefs key players:

Willard Katsande: The former Zimbabwe international is the link between the Chiefs defence and midfield, he provides stability moving forward. The 31-year-old midfielder, who has scored two league goals against Bucs in the Soweto Derby, will be looking to use his experience to help Amakhosi beat their nemesis this weekend.

Bernard Parker: The experienced striker is expected to lead Amakhosi’s attack after scoring against Sundowns in midweek. The former FC Twente forward, who is two-footed, has big-match temperament and he will be eager to inspire his side to victory in the Soweto Derby.

Orlando Pirates key players:

Thabo Matlaba: The defender-cum-midfielder is slowly rediscovering his old form having found the back of the net against Stars at home. The 29-year-old, who has the knack of scoring crucial goals for his side, will be hoping to lead the Buccaneers to victory in his first Soweto Derby as Pirates captain.

Thamsanqa Gabuza: The South Africa international is Pirates’ first-choice striker and he has netted three goals in seven league matches this season. The hard-working forward, who has also scored twice in his last four league matches against Chiefs, will be keen to score and help his side return to winning ways.-www.psl.co.za

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