Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs square off once again in the Soweto Derby on Saturday afternoon.

Both teams have struggled this season in the DStv Premiership and lie 5th and 6th respectively on the log.

The two teams played back in November with the Buccaneers claiming a 1-0 win thanks to Evidence Makgopa’s second-half goal.

Since then, Chiefs have only conceded one goal in eight matches across all competitions ahead into the Soweto Derby.

The Glamour¬†Boys are also unbeaten in four months, in fact, their last defeat was against Pirates at the FNB Stadium. Since their derby¬†defeat, Amakhosi’s fortunes have changed somewhat and they might pose a threat to the Sea Robbers.

Jose Riveiro’s men have been inconsistent and struggled for goals for most of the season.

Chiefs have the second-best defensive record in the league behind Mamelodi Sundowns and if Pirates are to win the derby, they need to find a way to bridge the Khosi defence.

The current MTN8 holders have the squad to challenge Downs for the league but their lack of cohesion and goals has seen them drop too many points. Against Chiefs, Riveiro needs to field an attacking team that will win them the second derby of the season.

Chiefs and Pirates to battle for bragging rights in the Soweto Derby

In the last derby, Pirates attacked with Thembinkosi Lorch, Patrick Maswanganyi, Kermit Erasmus and Evidence Malgopa. With Erasmus unavailable and Lorch having left to join Downs, Riveiro should give on-form midfielder Relebohile Mofokeng a start.

Karim Kimvuidi could also be an option for Riveiro as well as Tshegofatso Mabasa who recently rejoined the club.

Chiefs wingbacks are vulnerable so starting with a player like Monnapule Saleng could spark Pirates in the derby.

Miguel Timm, Thabang Monare and Maswanganyi should start Saturday’s match to prevent Khosi’s midfield from functioning.



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