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Mar 23, 2018 05:19 PM

Pirates have an upper hand against Sundowns?

The Brazilians have a very busy tight schedule, and that might give Orlando Pirates an upper hand for the PSL title race.

Mamelodi Sundowns and Cape Town City will both write to the Premier Soccer League asking them to reconsider scheduling the two teams’ Nedbank Cup quarterfinal on Sunday‚ April 1.

Both teams had requested to have their quarterfinal at Cape Town Stadium to be played on Saturday‚ March 31‚ but this was turned down by the PSL.

Sundowns‚ a point clear of Orlando Pirates in the league title race‚ had asked for the Saturday fixture to have an extra day’s recuperation ahead of their Absa Premiership game against Chippa United at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday‚ April 4.

Pirates will not be in Nedbank Cup action‚ having already been eliminated‚ in the weekend before meeting Bloemfontein Celtic in the PSL on April 4‚ for which‚ after a Fifa international date‚ they will return fresh from two weeks without a competitive match.

The PSL’s decision to schedule a big game like a City-Sundowns cup quarterfinal on a Sunday is unusual as‚ for the past few seasons it has become the norm for high priority games to largely be assigned to Saturdays to maximise TV viewership figures.

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