Must-win game for Pirates

2011-05-19 00:00

LAMONTVILLE Golden Arrows will look to dent Orlando Pirates’ Absa Premiership title hopes when the teams meet at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday afternoon, kick-off at 3 pm.

Pirates are looking to win the title for the first time since 2003. Should they beat Arrows and Ajax Cape Town fail to beat Maritzburg United in a concurrent match, then Bucs would claim the league championship.

However, Abafana Bes’thende have no intention of making life easy for the Soweto giants and will head to Orlando Stadium hoping to put a huge dent in their opponent’s title aspirations.

Whatever the result, it promises to be a high-scoring thriller if Arrows’ recent form is anything to go by. The Durban team’s last nine league matches have produced an astonishing 45 goals — an average of five per game.

Arrows then, are both potent in attack but vulnerable at the back, something they demonstrated in their 3-2 win over derby rivals AmaZulu earlier this month. After going two goals down, Abafana Bes’thende fought back to win 3-2 thanks to a second half hat-trick from Bryce Moon.

Moon, a former Ajax player, could do his old team a huge favour if he manages to continue his form against the Buccaneers.

Arrows, though, do not have an especially good record against Pirates, particularly in recent times. Overall the teams have met in 21 league games since 2000/01, with Bucs winning nine games to the Durban side’s four.

Pirates have also won their last three matches against Arrows, including 1-0 and 2-0 victories in the Telkom Knockout and Absa Premiership respectively earlier this season.

Abafana Bes’thende have not scored against Bucs since a Kagisho Dikgacoi goal in a 1-0 win at the start of the 2008/09 season; they have played five further league and cup matches against the Soweto side since then without scoring.

— Backpagepix

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