This Saturday’s game will be the 102nd league meeting between the two Soweto giants, with Chiefs having won won four of their last five league games against Pirates.
Yet, this is the sort of match where form and past result can generally be thrown out of the equation, with the blockbuster encounter always having the potential to produce plenty of drama and unexpected results.
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Chiefs are currently third on the DStv Premiership log, but they have played only 18 games after missing two matches in December due to a Covid-19 outbreak.
To make matters even more interesting ahead of Saturday’s clash, Pirates are level on log points with Amakhosi, but they have played three more games at this point.
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Chiefs are the likely favourites, but will be missing a few key players for this clash, which could be a great leveller.
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Meanwhile, Chiefs captain Bernard Parker is fit and raring to go as Amakhosi prepare to face Orlando Pirates for the 175th time in an official game this Saturday.
With his experience of the derby going back 11 years, Parker is well accustomed to how to manage playing against Pirates.
“With Pirates style of play and movement, they can always be a hiccup. They have good flair. How to contain that is a challenge. With my experience I know how to contain and manage that,” said Parker.
“It’s very, very crucial for us to win. I had a conversation with Daniel Cardoso, we believe winning will set the tone and be a massive confidence booster for us to gain momentum. Winning will lift everything in us for us to get into the CAF Champions League,” he emphasised.
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