Who will win the Soweto derby?

2016-01-27 06:00
Avid Orlando Pirates supporter NR Singh embraces a Pirates fan at the 2014/2015 MTN 8 final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Photo: supplied

Avid Orlando Pirates supporter NR Singh embraces a Pirates fan at the 2014/2015 MTN 8 final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Photo: supplied

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KAIZER Chiefs and Orlando Pirates meet in the second round of the ABSA Premier League on Saturday at the FNB Stadium and the question on everyone’s mind is: Who will win the Soweto derby?

Both teams met in the first round of the league competition in November last year with Pirates emerging 3-1 winners.

The Soweto derby is one of the most fiercely contested matches in African football. Both teams come into Saturday’s game after suffering shock losses over the weekend. On Saturday, Pirates suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Jomo Cosmos and on Sunday, Chippa United clawed their way from a goal down to inflict a 2-1 defeat upon Kaizer Chiefs.

Avid Pirates supporter, NR Singh said: “The Soweto derby between Chiefs and Pirates will be hotly contested as usual.

“Although my team, Pirates are not performing to their full potential at the moment, when it comes to the derby the formbook is thrown out of the window and I expect them to shade Chiefs 2-1 and claim bragging rights”.

Meanwhile, goals from Hlompho Kekana and Leonardo Castro secured an emphatic 2-0 win for Mamelodi Sundowns against Supersport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Saturday.

The Brazilians scored on either side of the break to extend their unbeaten run in the ABSA Premiership League to 11 games on a trot and regain their place at the summit of the league standings.

Sundowns were deserved winners, underlying why so many football pundits have them favourites for the title this season.

Mpumalanga Black Aces clawed their way from two goals down to record a 2-2 draw against Kaizer Chiefs at the Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday.

On Friday night Bidwest Wits hammered Polokwane 5-0 to secure 2nd spot on the league standings.

Free State Stars moved into 6th spot with a hard fought 1-0 win against Bloemfontein Celtic.

On Sunday Chippa United came from a goal down to beat Ajax Cape Twon 3-1 at the Buffalo City Stadium. University of Pretoria brought Mpumalanga Black Aces five matches winning run to a halt with a thrilling 1-0 win at the Loftus Stadium.

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