If Orlando Pirates harbour any title aspirations then a positive result away at SuperSport United is a necessity.
Through 17 games in the league this season, the Buccaneers trail defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns by eight points. The gap is significant when you consider Sundowns also have a game in hand over the Soweto giants.
Bring on the midweek clash at the Lucas Moripe Stadium where Pirates return to domestic duty for the first time in two weeks. Their last result was a rewarding 2-0 win over Cape Town City.
Key to the Bucs chances will be how many creative chances the in-form Deon Hotto can muster up. Hotto has provided three assists in his last three competitive matches and has become the source of the club’s most attacking opportunities.
SuperSport will be out to stamp their own mark as the leaders of the pack chasing down Sundowns. They start in second and are four points back after their 1-1 draw against Kaizer Chiefs.
The slip in points came at a crucial time, something which coach Kaitano Tembo regrets.
“Losing points at crucial moments‚ I think that has been a huge disadvantage for us [over the years],” he said.
“But this season we have been a little bit better. We have lost fewer games and have drawn less games from the previous seasons‚ so there is an improvement.
“But I would want us to be a little bit more consistent in terms of winning matches.”
While the hosts have a superior historical record over Pirates – 14 wins to Pirates’ 10 – it was the Buccaneers who prevailed when these sides last met; a 2-1 win in November.
The match kicks off at 5pm.