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McCarthy: Expected back for Bucs

McCarthy: Expected back for Bucs

Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs will contest the 54th edition of the PSL-era Soweto Derby when they clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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South Africa's biggest football match returns to action this weekend, with the memory of Pirates' Carling Black Label Cup win over Chiefs in pre-season still fresh in the fans' memories.

It is Amakhosi, though, who lead the head-to-head stats with 22 league wins to Bucs' 12, while 19 games have ended in draws.

The Sea Robbers may be the defending double champions, but it is the Glamour Boys who head into the match with the advantage, a three-point lead over their arch-rivals at the top of the standings.

That gap came courtesy of Chiefs' 3-0 hiding of Ajax Cape Town on Tuesday, while Pirates could only manage a goalless draw at strugglers Chippa United 24 hours later.

Those results mean victory for either team this weekend could go a long way in determining the outcome of this year's title race.

In team news, Chiefs will once more be relying on the PSL's joint top scorers Bernard Parker and Lehlohonolo Majoro to do the business up front.

Pirates, meanwhile, are likely to hand Benni McCarthy his first start since returning from a hamstring strain he picked up in September, while Happy Jele is also back in contention after coming through 90 minutes against the Chilli Boys.

Neither coach has any suspension concerns to deal with, although Amakhosi duo Kgotso Moleko and Willard Katsande are one booking away from suspensions, with the same going for Bucs' Manti Moholo.

Posted: 07/12/12 10:57

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