South Africa will come to a standstill this afternoon when Orlando Pirates host Kaizer Chiefs at the Orlando stadium for the second and final Soweto derby of the season.
Apart from the bragging rights at stake, both teams will be desperate for a full three points in their quest to close the gap on runaway log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns!
Kaizer Chiefs head into today’s fixture in third position on 32 points while Orlando Pirates sit one position below, only behind on goal difference.
The Glamour Boys have won the last three meetings between the two clubs and will be looking to make it a league double over their bitter rivals come this afternoon.
Pirates XI: Mpontshane, Nyauza, Ndah, Shandu, Mako, Monare, Motshwari, Lorch, Hotto, Dlamini, Peprah.
Subs: Ofori, Mabaso, Dzvukamanja, Mntambo, Lepasa, Maela, Jooste, Mabasa, Jele.
Chiefs XI: Awaiting
There’s no formula for the Soweto Derby – Baxter
“I am not going to profess that I have any secret formula because I think that would be a recipe for disaster.” Kaizer Chiefs head coach Stuart Baxter said.
“But whenever you go to a derby, be it the Soweto derby against Orlando Pirates or any other, you’ve got to try and be at your best on the day.
“When I looked at the log, there’s four games we have to play (if Kaizer Chiefs win the court case) and we still have to play Mamelodi Sundowns also. So that can be a 12-point swing.
“If we take our focus off the boardroom saga, where six points are concerned and focus on just the three points in this game that cements our intentions. I think that’s important.
“The quicker we can get the other things sorted out, the easier it will be for us to put some pressure on Sundowns, if that’s possible.
“But as Kaizer Chiefs’ coach, you’ve got to say, ‘let’s make the best that we can from the situation we are facing’.”
Action at the Orlando stadium gets underway at 15:30. The match will be televised live on SuperSport PSL and SABC1.
You can also live stream today’s match on Multichoice’s streaming platform DStv Now (Subscription required).