Soccer Laduma analyses Orlando Pirates’ attacking stats against Kaizer Chiefs from both Soweto giants’ last two PSL encounters.
Pirates are a team that definitely shows more faith in their wing play than Chiefs. Only 18% of Pirates attacks against Chiefs were through the middle, compared to Amakhosi’s 28%. It is clear that Pirates show a definite tendency to attack down the right wing.
However, they seem to prefer crossing from the left. This means that when Pirates attack down the right wing, they usually cut in instead of crossing.
When attacking down the left they like to swing the ball in with a cross. Once they attack down the wing on the right, they try to penetrate the box and shoot from inside the area 44% of the time.
This means Pirates get more shots on target but might also mean more frustration as the box is more crowded and it becomes more difficult to get a shot away.
Pirates may, however, change their strategy of attack in this upcoming game. With Lorenzo Gordinho suspended and the centre-back pairing for Chiefs in question, the Sea Robbers may opt to go through the centre and outmuscle what will likely be a limping defensive duo.
How should Pirates look to out manoeuvre Chiefs? Should the Buccaneers stick to their usual way of attacking?