Orlando Pirates assistant coach Fadlu Davids has singled out a Kaizer Chiefs star he believes that makes Amakhosi a different team to the side they played earlier in the season.
Pirates are seen as favourites going into this afternoon’s eagerly awaited match after they won three Soweto derbies already this season.
In the two MTN8 semi-final matches which Bucs won against Chiefs, Gavin Hunt’s side was without striker Samir Nurkovic as he was injured.
Davids believes that the Serbian striker’s availability for today’s match could make the difference for Amakhosi.
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“It’s really important to focus on the tactical plan and not the occasion. Really task is what we’ve got to focus on. Think task, think what we’ve got to do as the team, as a unit. This game is different to the previous three derbies this season because they are a different team, tactically the have adjusted, they have Nurkovic back, it’s a completely different game.
"We have to be really careful in our preparation because when it comes to Soweto derby of this magnitude form goes out the window. So, we approach the game as a once-off with three points at stake,” said Davids, speaking through Pirates’ media department.
In the first round match at the Orlando Stadium in January, Nurkovic missed a penalty as Pirates beat Chiefs 2-1.
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