Absa Premiership

Pirates look to break into PSL top 8

Issa Sarr, Thamsanqa Gabuza and Kermit Erasmus (Gallo Images)
Issa Sarr, Thamsanqa Gabuza and Kermit Erasmus (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Free State Stars will look to claim the scalp of Orlando Pirates in the Absa Premiership when the teams meet at Goble Park.

Stars have lost three of their last four league matches and went down 1-0 away to Jomo Cosmos on February 13 in their most recent outing.

The Free State side has claimed 12 points from nine home matches this season.

Ea Lla Koto are placed 12th on the Absa Premiership log with 22 points from 18 matches.

Pirates suffered their seventh league defeat of the season when they were beaten 2-1 at home by Mamelodi Sundowns on February 10.

The Soweto giants have claimed 11 points from nine away matches this season.

The Buccaneers are placed ninth on the Absa Premiership log with 23 points from 18 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Stars and Pirates have met in 51 league matches since 1986.

The Buccaneers have 23 wins compared to six for Ea Lla Koto, while 22 matches have been drawn.

Stars have won four of their 25 home matches against Pirates, suffering nine defeats in the process.

Last season Bucs took four points off Ea Lla Koto, winning 1-0 in Soweto before a 1-1 draw in the return game in the Free State.

The teams have played to three 1-1 draws in their last five league meetings.

Kick-off is at 18:00 on Wednesday, February 17.