Stage set for Soweto derby thriller
Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are on different ends of the spectrum when it comes to form.
CAPE TOWN - The Soweto derby will be kicking off this weekend at Johannesburg's FNB stadium.
Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs might be on different ends of the spectrum when it comes to form, but it should not be a factor when the two teams lock horns on Saturday.
Pirates enter the Soweto derby following a string of mediocre results including a draw against Bloemfontein Celtic, a loss against Moroka Swallows and an embarrassing defeat to Maluti FET.
The defending ABSA Premiership champions will be hoping they can move past these results and challenge Chiefs' dominance at the top of the ABSA Premier Soccer League (PSL) table.
In contrast, Amakhosi are undefeated in 2013 and will be looking to continue that momentum into the fixture against their arch-rivals.
Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune says even though points have been coming Amakhosi's way recently, there is room for improvement ahead of the derby.
"We're happy about the results but we're not satisfied with the overall performance of the team. We still have a lot to work on. We're really looking forward to an interesting derby".
At the moment, Chiefs are five points clear of Pirates.
Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter says the title race will still be wide open whatever the outcome of the game.
"I don't think this is a decider, it does give one of the teams a very strong impetus moving forward though.
This is a very important game, but in many ways it's going to be a challenge moving forward after it".
Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa is much more aware of the implications for his side should they taste defeat on Saturday.
"There are still ten matches for us. I mean 30 points is a lot, but it's important that we keep in touch. For Chiefs, a draw is not a bad result, but for us a win is almost a must at this point".
Chiefs will be missing Matthew Rusike and Lehlohonolo Majoro.
In the Pirates camp, the Buccaneers will be without Sifiso Myeni for the rest of the season. Meoneeb Josephs and Siyabonga Sangweni will face a late fitness test.
The match kicks off at 3:30pm.