The Buccaneers go on a revenge mission when they take on an undefeated Amaswaiswai team in Soweto.
The Orlando Pirates will want to record their first win of the season when they welcome their neighbors in Soweto, Swallows FC, to a PSL meeting at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
The Buccaneers had a bad start to the campaign as they won three games without a win after being drawn 0-0 by Marumo Gallants in their final game on 24 August.
Interim coaches Fadlu Davids and Mandla Ncikazi will be under pressure to secure a win over Swallows and avenge the team’s 2-1 defeat to the Beautiful Birds in the MTN8 quarter-final last month.
Defeating Swallows, however, will be an uphill battle for Pirates as the Beautiful Birds remain unbeaten this quarter under their tactically shrewd coach Brandon Truter.
Amaswaiswai arrive in the Soweto Derby clash when they drew 0-0 in their last game away against Cape Town City in the MTN8 semi-final of the first leg just before the recent international Fifa break.
|Games||Orlando Pirates vs Swallows FC|
|Date||Saturday, September 10|
TV channel, live score and how to watch
The match will be broadcast live on SuperSport TV.
|Online streaming||TV channel|
|DStv.com/DStv Now app||SuperSport TV’s PSL Channel 202|
Teams and team news
Swallows will be without their central midfielder Tlakusani Mthethwa, who is suffering a long-term injury, while defenders Wandisile Letlabika and Vuyo Mere are both in doubt after missing the game against City due to bumps.
Truter can maintain his confidence in defenders Junaid Sait and Sipho Sibiya, while the latter was named Man of the Match after the game against the Citizens.
The 44-year-old mentor will be Swallows’ hope of securing another victory over Pirates over Ruzaigh Gamildien, whose prop Amaswaiswai inspired a cup victory over the Buccaneers.
Meanwhile, it is known that Pirates are sweating over the fitness of their first-choice goalkeeper Richard Ofori, who suffered an injury during the Fifa break, while the versatile defender Ntsikelelo Nyauza will be missing due to an injury.
Davids and Ncikazi have skilled substitutes in experienced striker Siyabonga Mpontshane and defensive player Abel Mabaso.
The return of Tshegofatso Mabasa after an injury has given the Buccaneers a big boost, as the left-footed striker tends to score important goals for the team when he is fit.
In head-to-head statistics since 1985, Swallows and Pirates have clashed 62 times in the league.
The Bucs dominated this rivalry with 23 wins versus 12 for the Beautiful Birds, while 27 games ended in a draw.
Pirates also have the upper hand as they look at their home record against Swallows which recorded 12 wins, 14 draws and six defeats from 32 games.
Amaswaiswai, however, drew 1-1 with Bucs at Orlando Stadium last season, while the power play in the second round also ended in a 1-1 draw at Dobsonville Stadium.