Bucs plot turnaround

2014-04-26 00:00

ORLANDO Pirates will be eager to give their supporters something to smile about when they welcome Platinum Stars in an Absa Premiership encounter at Orlando Stadium this afternoon. Kick-off is at 3 pm.

The Buccaneers have lost three of their last four league matches and suffered a 1-0 loss on the road to Bloemfontein Celtic last time out.

Pirates head into the weekend’s fixtures in fifth spot on the log, but they will climb back into fourth, at least for a couple of hours, if they manage to get the better of Dikwena.

Stars have endured an equally poor run of form and will be eager to bounce back from their humiliating 4-1 loss to Golden Arrows when they clash with Pirates for the umpteenth time this season at the weekend.

Dikwena know defeat today could see them miss out on the top eight, a far cry from the Rustenburg side’s runners-up finish from last season.

Orlando Pirates duo Vladimir Vermezovic and Rooi Mahamutsa are expecting a tough game against Stars who are eager to prove a point and return to the top half of the table.

“It is not going to be an easy game against Platinum Stars. We were very flat against Celtic,” said Vermezovic.

Mahamutsa added, “We have four crucial matches to play in the Premiership and we have the Nedbank Cup.

“We will regroup and try to do our best in the remaining games.”

Platinum Stars boss Allan Freese has hinted that he might give a few fringe players a run-out today as his team look to recover from their loss to bottom-placed Arrow last time out.

“Against Arrows we did not play well from the start, we were never in the game, even when we equalised,” said Freese.

“But we have a great chance to make up for that if we can get a win at Pirates, they are a big team so these are always games you want to win. They need the three points also though, so it is going to be a real battle.

“We have got to also try and give others a chance to play, which would give us some fresh legs. It has been a long season.”

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