Bucs, United to up the ante
SEQUELS are hardly ever interesting, but league champions Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United will be expected to improve on Sunday's goalless MTN8 semifinal, when they meet tonight.
Tonight's Absa Premiership encounter at Peter Mokaba Stadium (kickoff at 7.30) is the second of three successive clashes this week. It is sandwiched between the two legs of the cup semifinal.
United got their league campaign off to a sluggish start, playing to a 1-all draw away at Ajax Cape Town in their opening match. The Buccaneers had to come from behind to register a 2-1 win against Lamontville Golden Arrows.
With both sides understanding the importance of taking winning momentum into Saturday's do-or-die MTN8 second-leg semifinal meeting at Orlando Stadium, there should be no holding back.
And on the evidence of United's resilience and determination on Sunday, victory for Matsatsantsa cannot be ruled out. Yet Pirates have been riding the crest of a wave in the last two seasons and defeat hasn't seemed a possibility for the serial trophy collectors.
Inspirational defender Siyabonga Sangweni has blamed the hastiness in front of goals for the draw, and has called for patience and composure from his team-mates. "Going into tomorrow's match we will have to be patient and not rush things," Sangweni told OPFC.com.
"There were times in the match last week were we rushed our build-ups whilst trying to get a good result . sometimes that can complicate (things).
"We've had a chat yesterday and we will try to be more patient with ourselves and play our normal football. We have beaten United before and I'm confident we can do it again."
In head-to-head statistics, United and Pirates have met in 42 league matches since 1990, Pirates winning 19 of those compared to 13 for United, with 10 of the matches ending in draws.