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Where Wits Could Sneak Bucs’ Lead

Orlando Pirates hold a 2-0 lead over Bidvest Wits going into the second leg of the MTN8 semi-final, but could there be a way back for Wits when they travel to Orlando Stadium?

There is an escape from defeat for Wits to get themselves back into the two legged tie, if they manage to exploit the right areas in the Bucs defence.

The Siya crew has analysed some statistics from Bucs’ match against AmaZulu in midweek and it seems that both Thabo Matlaba and Ntsikelelo Nyauza have not been doing well under the high ball.

The numbers show that both full backs have lost a significant amount of headers, which could be where Wits coach Gavin Hunt will look to capitalise with the presence of Henrico Botes.

Matlaba lost three out of five headers against AmaZulu, while Nyauza lost four out of seven headers. If Wits prepare well to counter the attacking threat posed by the Pirates fullbacks, there might be some joy at either far posts for the Wits attack.

Wits have shown good form in the opening three matches of the 2014/15 Absa Premiership season, currently occupying third spot, although they have an identical record as Ajax Cape Town who are second on the log.

All of this will count for nothing if one goes by the head-to-head statistics between Bucs and Wits. The last five clashes between the two clubs have seen Pirates dominate with four wins, while the other match ended in a draw.


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