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Orlando Pirates v Platinum Stars

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Defending champions Orlando Pirates will look to dent the title aspirations of a high-flying Platinum Stars at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday.

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Both sides are level on points on the Premier Soccer League table ahead of the top-of-the-table clash.

Pirates, though, take second position over third-placed Stars thanks to a superior goal difference and a game in hand.

A win for either side could see them rise to the top of the standings depending on the result at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, where Black Leopards host table-toppers Kaizer Chiefs.

Bucs coach Roger de Sa says his team will not take anything for granted in this season's PSL title race when they face surprise packages Dikwena.

"We've got to be wary too and respect them and they've earned the respect from everybody in the league this year," he said, whose side recorded an impressive 5-0 CAF Champions League win over FC Djabal last time out.

"But it's going to be a very tough match. They (Stars) have turned this league into a three-horse race and they're playing good football. They've been very good, I've watched them.

"They play to their strengths and are very disciplined and organised and it's very good for the game."

"When a team has done that well, it's very much a collective effort, everybody is contributing, there's a lot of good players.

"We've got to match them for effort otherwise we could get a negative result as well."

The Sea Robbers will have to contend without Benni McCarthy, Moeneeb Josephs, Rooi Mahamutsa and Robyn Johannes, who have all been sidelined through injury.

Siyabonga Sangweni will be handed a late fitness test to ascertain the defender's readiness for action.

Meanwhile, Dinaledi boss Cavin Johnson insists that the task of facing Pirates is not one that concerns him.

"I am not worried about Pirates," he told Backpage Txt. "They are a big team and the players lift themselves in these games.

"For me, we need to compete with the teams like Free State Stars and Golden Arrows. These will be the tough games going forward."

Johnson will be without Stars' leading scorer Henrico Botes, who will be serving his suspension after receiving a fourth booking in the 3-0 win against Ajax Cape Town on Saturday.

Posted: 19/02/13 12:39

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