League title contenders, Orlando Pirates, will have to break the dominance that SuperSport United have enjoyed over the Soweto giants in recent years if they are to remain realistic challengers for league honours.
The Buccaneers have a league meeting with Matsatsantsa a Pitori on Wednesday night where nothing less than a victory will keep the Parktown-based club in contention for the league title. Pirates are currently in second place, four points behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns and will have to secure all three points if they are to keep their title aspirations alive, after Sundowns’ 2-1 victory over Baroka at the weekend.
However, in recent years SuperSport have dominated the Bucs in league and cup games. It was the Tshwane club that handed the Ghost their heaviest defeat in all competitions when they thrashed them 6-1 prompting then coach Muhsin Ertugral to resign with immediate effect.
In the 39 league fixtures played between the sides in the PSL era, SuperSport have won 17 times while Pirates have only managed 14 wins. The three-time PSL champions also surpass Pirates on the goalscoring charts with a superior goal advantage of 51 goals as compared to Bucs’ 44 goals scored.
Matsatsantsa have also edged the Soweto side in cup competitions, having beat Pirates 4-1 in the final of the Nedbank Cup in 2017.
Another key element that Pirates will have to contend with, is playing against former coach Eric Tinkler who coached the side from 2015 to 2016. In that time, Tinkler managed to win an MTN8 Cup and help steer Pirates to the finals of the CAF Confederations Cup.
The two sides meet on Wednesday evening at 19:30.