- Soweto Derby Futaa preview
- Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates
- Saturday 9 February 2019 at 15h30
- FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.
We've seen time & again how coaches simply win over the hearts of fans via such derby wins, with high-scoring wins & specular goals finding new club legends.
Pirates’ coach Milutin Sredojevic & several players have recently been there and done that in the last two years. So tomorrow afternoon offers a glorious opportunity for the new Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp & his men to earn ever-lasting affection from the Amakhosi faithful.
What’s happened in the last 10 derbies?
- Chiefs 1-2 Pirates
- Pirates 2-1 Chiefs
- Pirates 3-1 Chiefs
- Chiefs 0-0 Pirates
- Chiefs 1-1 Pirates
- Pirates 0-0 Chiefs
- Pirates 2-0 Chiefs
- Pirates 1-1 Chiefs
- Chiefs 6-5 (pens) Pirates
- Chiefs 1-3 Pirates.
It is often said that form guide is simply irrelevant when we’re talking derbies of this magnitude, but is it really a fact?
Anyways, both clubs will walk out the pitch on Saturday knowing they have to claim better results from the preceding games. Chiefs are looking to move on from a 1-0 loss to Cape Town City last week, while Pirates let Esperance escape with a point from Orlando. Looking further back, Middendorp’s men have won three and lost two from their last five games. As for Pirates, the last five results reflect two draws, a loss and a win.
Though both clubs' sharpest shooters have produced poorly consistent scoring, there are still several players who won't be surprising anyone by finding the back of the net in Soweto tomorrow.
Chiefs’ defenders have three Pirates forwards they've been thinking about all week. Vincent Pule has in 16 games scored six goals & provided two assists, Thembinkosi Lorch has four goals & three assists in 15, while Justine Shonga has delivered three goals & three assists from 17 outings.
On the opposite side, Pirates’ defense have to worry about the likes of Khama Billiat (four goals & five assists in 19 games) and Leonardo Castro (three goals and two assists from 15 matches).
Will Middendorp's name be the holy chant in hundreds of townships across South Africa on Saturday afternoon? Or will 'Micho' simply enhance his already established legend?