50th clash I Facts and figures that stand out in Pirates vs SuperSport showdowns

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SuperSport United striker Thamsanqa Gabuza and Thulani Hlatshwayo of Orlando Pirates may cross paths again when the two sides face-off in a league clash on Wednesday
SuperSport United striker Thamsanqa Gabuza and Thulani Hlatshwayo of Orlando Pirates may cross paths again when the two sides face-off in a league clash on Wednesday

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The enduring rivalry of Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United takes centre stage once more on Wednesday as they lock horns in the PSL match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville.

Since the rebranding of the domestic professional football league during the 1996/97 season, many fierce battles have been fought between these sides.

Wednesday’s encounter will be their 50th league clash.The Buccaneers head to Atteridgeville aiming for a 20th victory over Matsatsansa a Pitori, who have beaten the Soweto giants 17 times, with 13 games between the two ending in draws.

Until last season’s PSL bio-bubble, the two sides were locked at 17 wins apiece, but the Sea Robbers have since pulled away with two 2-1 victory in as many matches.

Goals scored

Only two goals are needed for the Pirates-SuperSport to become the highest-scoring fixture in the PSL era. Currently, the net has been rattled 117 times in matches between these two sides.

Only the Tshwane Derby between SuperSport and Mamelodi Sundowns has produced more – with 118.In the last 22 meetings between Pirates and SuperSport, 49 goals have been scored, with the Bucs claiming 25 to edge their rivals, who account for the other 24.

In November 2016, a clinical SuperSport handed Pirates their biggest defeat – a 6-1 thrashing in a league clash at the Mbombela Stadium.

Discipline

Despite the competitive nature of this fixture, both sets of players have often kept things on the field relatively clean in recent times. It has been more than six years since a player was last shown red, and that was United’s Roscoe Pietersen, who was red-carded when the two sides met in Polokwane in November 2014.

Pirates went on to win 2-1 with Sifiso Myeni netting an injury-time winner.The last 12 encounters since then have been largely incident-free, with no red cards presented. – orlandopirates.com. 

  • The games kicks off at 5pm
  • OTHER DSTV PREMIERSHIP GAME ON WEDNESDAY TS Galaxy vs Bloemfontein Celtic (Mbombela Stadium, 3pm)


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