The Buccaneers are desperate to end their race without a win in four games against the Beautiful Birds in the original Soweto Derby
The Orlando Pirates will begin their MTN8 defense when they take on Swallows in a quarter-final at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
The Bucs fans will want to see how the team performs in a competitive match after being defeated by Kaizer Chiefs in the 2021 Carling Black Label Cup almost two weeks ago.
The Pirates suffered a 4-3 defeat on penalties after a 0-0 draw in a sensational pre-season game against Chiefs, and they will now start their campaign by 2021/22 against Swallows.
They will be up against the Swallows team they have not beaten in their last four competitive games, including three consecutive 1-1 draws.
The Beautiful Birds will be able to measure how well they did with the preparation before the season when they tackled the Buccaneers in the original Soweto Derby match.
|Games||Orlando Pirates vs Swallows FC|
|Date||Saturday, August 14|
|Time||18:00 SA Time|
TV channel, live score and how to watch
The match will be broadcast live on SuperSport TV’s PSL channel 202
|Online streaming||TV channel|
|DStv.com/DStv Now app||SuperSport TV’s PSL Channel 202|
Teams and team news
Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer has revealed that Tshegofatso Mabasa and Zakhele Lepasa, who are prone to injuries, will not be available this weekend.
While Richard Ofori and Thembinkosi Lorch are expected to shake off their respective minor injuries and face Swallows.
The Bucs are pinning their hopes on a win over the Beautiful Birds at Lorch, who looked sharp and hungry against Chiefs earlier this month.
Pirates are still the only team in PSL history to retain their Top 8 title next season, after doing so ten years ago in 2011.
Meanwhile, Swallows head coach Brandon Truter has confirmed they will be without Tlakusani Mthethwa as the player has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
The influential central midfielder is likely to be sidelined for the entire 2021/22 season, while Mwape Musonda is also in doubt due to a lack of match fitness.
Pirates loaners Austin Muwowo and Monnapule Saleng are expected to face their parent club, and they need to haunt the Buccaneers by inspiring the Beautiful Birds to a victory.
Swallows have won the Top 8 trophy three times and the last time they lifted the title was in 2012 and it was their last appearance in the competition.
In head-to-head statistics, Pirates and Swallows have clashed in 17 cup games since 1985.
The Bucs had seven straight wins (plus one with penalty kicks) compared to five (plus one via penalty kicks) for the Beautiful Birds, while five games ended in a draw.
Overall, the two Soweto opponents have come together in 79 matches since 1985.
Pirates had 30 wins compared to 17 for Swallows, while no less than 32 games were played.