Bucs and Swallows collide in the original Soweto derby, Chiefs visits Dikwena.

Created on 11 Mar., 2014 7:30 PM GMT

Orlando Pirates will hope to return to winning ways when they visit struggling rivals Moroka Swallows at the Dobsonville Stadium on Wednesday night, kickoff at 19:30 GMT+2.

The Buccaneers were left stunned in their last outing when they went down 1-0 to University of Pretoria. That loss saw Bucs miss out in the chance to go fourth on the log and they now remain 5th with 30 points, and thirteen points behind leaders Kaizer Chiefs with two games in hand.

The good news for Orlando Pirates will be that new Serbian coach Vladimir Vermezovic will be eligible to sit on the bench after he receiving his work permit last week and also the return of trio Rooi Mahamutsa, Patrick Phungwayo and Siyabonga Sangweni means the Ghost will no longer worry about their defensive selections after playing with a depleted defence in recent games.

For Moroka Swallows, who are yet to win in 2014, might find themselves finishing in the bottom-half of the table for the second season running if they do not start picking up points. The last time the Dube Birds won was last year December before the Christmas break, and that run has saw them drop down the standings to 11th place with 24 points with 11 matches to play.

In the other match that promises to be an exciting affair, runaway leaders Kaizer Chiefs will hope to bag another three points and extend their lead at the top of the standings to nine points when they visit inconsistent Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

The Phefeni Glamour Boys are currently 1st on the log with 43 points with eleven matches to play, and another win will edge them closer to retaining their title come the end of the season. They visit the venue where they lost 2-0 last season and they will hope to avoid another upset against Dikwena, who have won the two major cup competition so far this season.

Despite winning the MTN8 and the Telkom Knockout Cup so far this season, Allan Freese’s men are struggling to gain momentum in the League run as they had mix of results that sees them out of the top five and it looks like the title is no longer within their reach.

The Rustenburg-based side are 6th on the log with 28 points from 19 matches, and they trail their Wednesday night opponents by 15 points.

Bloemfontein Celtic will hope to continue their home form when they welcome relegation candidates Polokwane City at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium on the same night. Siwelele have been impressive at home since the turn of the year, winning two times in a row and collecting maximum points away from home against their provincial rivals Free State Stars.

Another relegation haunted side Golden Arrows will host Mpumalanga Black Aces at the King Zwelethini Stadium hoping to register a win and start finding their way out of the relegation zone. The Durban-based side are rooted at the foot of the table with 13 points with eleven matches to play.

They will have to dig deep to go on 16 points as Mpumalanga Black Aces are also in hunt for points to stay safe from flirting with relegation and boost their top-half finish hopes after their 61-year coach Clive Barker, admitted the Amazayoni’s objective this season is to finish inside the top-8 bracket and qualify to play in the MTN8 Cup next season. 

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