Bidvest Wits will be aiming to complete a season treble over Orlando Pirates

Bidvest Wits will be aiming to complete a season treble over Orlando Pirates when they take on the Soweto giants at Emirates Airline Park (Ellis Park) on Saturday evening. Kick-off is at 18h00 CAT.

The Clever Boys defeated their Absa Premiership opponents 4-3 in the reverse league fixture last year while they also triumphed over the Buccaneers on penalties following a 3-3 draw in a thrilling Nedbank Cup fixture at Orlando Stadium.

Pirates, like the Clever Boys, were in action earlier this week. The Soweto giants and Mamelodi Sundowns played to a 0-0 draw in the first league game in the Premier Soccer League’s (PSL) bio-bubble on Tuesday.

Bidvest Wits captain Thulani Hlatshwayo is expecting a similar sort of challenge from Pirates than what the club experienced in our first two games in the bubble against Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs respectively.

“We know what kind of a team Pirates are, they are a speedy team. Their front three, front four are very quick and use their pace to challenge the defence. It will be similar to the games we played against Chiefs and Sundowns in the past few days,” said Hlatshwayo.

“With the combination play of Sundowns we had to do a lot of shifting, they move a lot, they don’t really have an out-and-out striker, they play between the pockets and Pirates are similar in that aspect.”

Former Bidvest Wits forward Gabadinho Mhango will be aiming to find the back of the net against his former employers and Hlatshwayo is wary of the threat posed by the league’s top scorer.

“He [Mhango] just goes, he just runs and shoots from every angle. He has done very well and he will obviously want to add to his tally and we will need to be alert at all times. Pirates have a lot of quality in attack,” Hlatshwayo concluded. when they take on the Soweto giants at Emirates Airline Park (Ellis Park) on Saturday evening. Kick-off is at 18h00 CAT.

The Clever Boys defeated their Absa Premiership opponents 4-3 in the reverse league fixture last year while they also triumphed over the Buccaneers on penalties following a 3-3 draw in a thrilling Nedbank Cup fixture at Orlando Stadium.

Pirates, like the Clever Boys, were in action earlier this week. The Soweto giants and Mamelodi Sundowns played to a 0-0 draw in the first league game in the Premier Soccer League’s (PSL) bio-bubble on Tuesday.

Bidvest Wits captain Thulani Hlatshwayo is expecting a similar sort of challenge from Pirates than what the club experienced in our first two games in the bubble against Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs respectively.

“We know what kind of a team Pirates are, they are a speedy team. Their front three, front four are very quick and use their pace to challenge the defence. It will be similar to the games we played against Chiefs and Sundowns in the past few days,” said Hlatshwayo.

“With the combination play of Sundowns we had to do a lot of shifting, they move a lot, they don’t really have an out-and-out striker, they play between the pockets and Pirates are similar in that aspect.”

Former Bidvest Wits forward Gabadinho Mhango will be aiming to find the back of the net against his former employers and Hlatshwayo is wary of the threat posed by the league’s top scorer.

“He [Mhango] just goes, he just runs and shoots from every angle. He has done very well and he will obviously want to add to his tally and we will need to be alert at all times. Pirates have a lot of quality in attack,” Hlatshwayo concluded.

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