Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs meet in the South African DStv Premiership at Orlando Stadium in Soweto/Johannesburg on Saturday. The kick-off is at 18:30. We have analysed the teams, betting offers and best odds for you.
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What speaks for the Orlando Pirates?
- Strong at home (just one defeat)
- 7 games without a defeat in the Premiership
- Goalkeeper Ofori back
What speaks for the Kaizer Chiefs?
- Strong away (just two defeats)
- Full concentration on Premiership
- Bet: Kaizer Chiefs DNB
- Bookmaker: 1xBet
- Odds: 2.04
The great Soweto derby has been one of the hottest city derbies in international football since the early 1970s and is watched by more than 80,000 spectators at the FNB Stadium in “normal times”.
The stadium was once also the venue for the World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. But despite fierce protests by football fans in South Africa, the match will be played without spectators – and so Orlando will play this match on home soil at the Orlando Stadium instead of moving to the much bigger FNB-Stadion.
The fans will still have to stay outside – but will gather for a big protest march in front of the Orlando Pirates’ home arena during the game. Here, the fans from both sides will be united – but as soon as the game kicks off, they will be big rivals again. And this game is very important for both sides. Only two teams can qualify for the CAF Champions League – and one of them will be Mamelodi. Orlando and Kaizer Chiefs are fighting for the important second place.
Expert analysis Orlando Pirates
The Mighty Buccaneers are playing a strong season so far. They are in 4th place, just behind the Real Kings and arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs, who are level on points. However, the four-time Premier Soccer League champions (as the league was called before) can no longer hope to win the title again. The gap to the Mamelodi Sundowns is already too large at 18 points.
In the South African Premiership, the “Happy People” have been in brilliant form lately. They have been unbeaten for seven games. The last home defeat dates back to 25 September, when they lost to the superior “Brazilians” Mamelodi Sundowns.
The stars of the team are 54-time South African international Thulani Hlatshwayo, who plays in central defence, and the season’s top scorer so far, 61-time Namibian international Deon Hotto, who is a starter on the left-wing. Another important player in the team is attacking midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch, but he will be out for the derby. Lorch picked up a hamstring injury in training.
Without Lorch, there was no win against Cape Town City during the week. They parted with a 0-0 draw. But there is also good news for Buccaneers coach Mandla Ncikazi. With right-wing Maliele Vincent Pule and first goalkeeper Richard Ofori, two important players are available again.
Expert analysis Kaizer Chiefs
Last year’s finalists of the CAF Champions League (3-0 defeat against Al-Ahly SC ) failed to qualify for international competitions last season. This makes it all the more important for Amakhosi to bounce back this year. The current situation of the Phefeni Glamour Boys is good: they are still one point behind the Real Kings in third place and are level on points with the Mighty Buccaneers, but they have also played fewer games (18, Pirates 21). Still, the game against their Soweto rivals is more than important for the Kaizer Chiefs. Regardless of how important a win is for Amakhosi in their eternal battle against Pirates.
Although the home advantage is not as significant as it used to be due to the lack of fans, it is remarkable how well Amakhozi are doing away from home. Just behind the superior Mamelodi Sundowns, Chiefs are second in the away table and have only lost twice at their opponents’ ground this season.
The stars of the team are the two wingers Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe) and new signing Keagan Dolly. Both are also the Kaizer Chiefs’ top scorers. Serbian centre-forward Samir Nurkovic, on the other hand, is suspended from the match. Experienced midfielder Cole Alexander is also unavailable to Scottish coach Stuart Baxter for the derby.
Head-2-Head & Statistics
A whopping 82 times the great Soweto derby has taken place in various competitions – and the statistics could hardly be more balanced: 25 times the Mighty Buccaneers won, 25 times Amakhosi. 32 other encounters ended in a draw. However, the last two meetings ended in favour of the Kaizer Chiefs: 2-1 on November 21 and 1-0 in March 2021, and both times the Kaizer Chiefs were the hosts. The last match in Orlando ended in a 2-1 win for the Pirates.
Our betting tip for Orlando Pirates vs. Kaizer Chiefs
The greater pressure is clearly on the side of the hosts Orlando. They have a triple burden with the CAF Confederations Cup, the Premiership and the South African Cup competition – while the Glamour Boys can fully concentrate on their season goal of qualifying for the CAF Champions League.
The most likely result in this match is probably a draw. Nevertheless, we are betting on the Kaiser Chiefs in this match, who are more rested and much hungrier going into the game. Many goals are not to be expected either: The first goal in this match can already be the decisive one.
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