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Great midfield battle expected at Orlando

Matthew Pattison of Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates' Andile Jali face off on Saturday

Posted: 11 February 2011 Time: 10:14 am

Fans are looking forward to a great midfield battle between Matthew Pattison of Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates' Andile Jali when the two teams cross swords in what is expected to be a thrill-a-minute League game at Orlando Stadium on Saturday. 

The last time the two teams met in Tshwane last year, Jali came out tops over both Pattison and his teammate Ezrom Nyandoro before being stretchered off the field in the second-half due to injury.   The Bucs midfielder is expected to go into the game on Saturday in high spirits after winning the Man of the Match award in Bafana's international friendly against Kenya on Wednesday whilst Pattison, who was also in the South African squad, only enjoyed a few minutes of the game after coming on towards the end of the second-half.

_quote   Speaking to KickOff.com, Pattison says it will be important for his team to focus on all 11 Pirates players rather than individuals.   "There is no doubt about Jali's talent. He has proved many times that he is a quality player but we are going there not to play against one player but 11 players. I only returned back to training on Thursday but I must say preparations for the game against Pirates have gone pretty well and everyone is looking forward to the match.   "Even though beating Pirates is a must in order to close the gap between us, it will also be important that we win our other remaining games to stay in contention of winning the League title," Pattison adds.   The Brazilians go to Soweto tomorrow still minus striker Katlego Mphela, but Zimbabwean international Nyasha Mushekwi has been a revelation for Sindowns.   Pattison is also hoping to see more supply for Mushekwi on Saturday.   "He has proved his worth as a striker and with good supply is capable of scoring many more goals for Sundowns this season." 

Article by: Ernest Fakude

Previous comments on this story...

Champ Always in the TOP 8
posted: 10:22 am
Pattison and Nyandoro are very average players
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 10:23 am
Yaah, this game is massive. I can't wait to watch it. I have to say I respect Sundowns a lot as a team but I believe although Pirates is highly depleted we will win this game. Players like Mdledle, Mokoena and Teko will try their best to beat us like Makhanya, Masina, Vilakazi and Francis Chansa did last week but at the end Pirates will prevail.
caylin1
posted: 10:25 am
whats goes up must come down and whats goes around comes around

i am saying Pirates dont deserve to be on top, they must come back down again &i am saying jali won the 1st battle this time he is getting a hiding from Pattison
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 10:26 am
The spirit at Pirates camp gives me a lot of hope going to this game.
Nywereza
posted: 10:26 am
Already pattison and the crew are under pressure to topple what or whom. Pirates is like GOD now and must to knelt down to worship. It is an ideal dream for all sundowns players and supporters wishing to beat pirates. sundowns was given a chance to hold on to top spot but failed and the only thing is to watch and worship pirates 12 unbeaten record.
caylin1
posted: 10:28 am
whats goes up must come down and whats goes around comes around

i am saying Pirates dont deserve to be on top, they must come back down again &i am saying jali won the 1st battle this time he is getting a hiding from Pattison


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damn i am love with my club

sundowns is the wha wha

hee
ayoba
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 10:29 am
After the game Pirates will be 6 points clear at the top depending on how Ajax play tonight. We can't let it sleep we go for it.
moleko
posted: 10:33 am
i like jali but sometime it seems to me that after winning the ball he wants prove the point that he has beaten certain player and he endup lossing it again same applies to yende but pattison is the main man,you must count clever passes that he makes,it will make an interesting match
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 10:37 am
Pirates dumela, dumela,.. Pirates dumela, dumela..Pirates dumela, dumela, Pirates.. Irvin Khoza dumela, dumela.. Irvin Khoza dumela, dumela, Irvin Khoza dumela, dumela Irvin Khoza..!!

Orlando maboneng sekoting sa boshwela pere le motho. Ha ho bari e tlang ho qekwa mona. Ntja e tla matha ka lerapo thabeng... Ho hobe, banna..!!

PIRATES..!! PIRATES..!! PIRATES..!! PIRATES..!! PIRATES..!! PIRATES..!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:37 am
pantyhose u a gr8 player whom i admire bt wen it comes 2 jali u'll always play 2nd fiddle! nd u knw that hes simply beta that u!
Jingotres
posted: 10:41 am
As Always Downs / Pirates game produces Goals,Goals and more Goals as always.

I just hope,wish and pray Mr Gorowa does not apply the 4-6-0 formation on Saturday.

Downs 2 - Pirates 1
but
A draw will be a fair result for both teams
Anonymous
posted: 10:53 am
this 2 plays r al gud n i have a great respect 4 both,jali is better than pattison in terms of destroying n man markin bt his passes r nt so accurate,pattison is good at passes,his passes r so dangerous....so jali should make it a point that he is never given a space....coz if he cn nyasha wil kill us....LOOKING 4WARD 2 THIS GAME,may the best win!!!!UP DA BUCS!!!!
Dooba (Glory Reclaimed)
posted: 10:53 am
Although jali is a favourate. Pattison has got the skills and experience in his favour. With Mushweki upfront, well, an easy one for Sindowns indeed- bcos I dont see Mshego, Otorugu, msowoya or Malokaso or whatever they have upfront scoring. Pirates' were lucky thus far, playing all the weakest teams in the PSL- no wonder their fixture is so tight with Sundowns, Ajax and their biggest nighmare Chiefs in one month. So Pirates has been boosting its confidence by beating small teams- no wonder the mood is high is there after beating relegation candidates Aces. hehe!
Anonymous
posted: 10:53 am
I bel've in the players we have at sundowns however i do not believe in Gorowa. many assistants who takeover from head coaches tend to apply the same tactics as before.
If nyandora, booth and mdledle sit this one out we'll win the game hands down.
Pirates maybe be #1 but they are not better than sundowns.
Sundowns should attack from the onset, Johannes under pressure is very weak.
the preferred starting eleven should be.....
.............Sanderlands...........
mmungoni-tshilo-xulu-khumalo
.............Pattison.................
..Teko.................Pelembe..
..Mokoena...........Mabhuti...
............Mushekwi...............
Anonymous
posted: 10:56 am
It is really up to Jali and Chansa cause we need to beat the Egyptians (Downs). International headlines suggest that the political unrest taking place in Egypt was inspired by the exploits of Wonder and his fellow Downs suppoters. Once they struck fear into Mrs. Habas, the people of Egypt tried to do the same to their first lady, Mrs. Mubarack...
Anonymous
posted: 10:56 am
He he he..Now KickOff refers to the Brazilians as 'Sindowns'..They are
caylin1
posted: 11:05 am
sizwe : 2011-02-11 10:53 [ Report ]
nyondoro cannot sit outside, he is going to do the dirty work in the midlle , u cannot leave pattison to do the dirty and pretty job
Swona Champ!
posted: 11:08 am
I am worried that the coach will play Ngobeni due to the suspension of Manyisa, Ngobeni might play well against Sundowns for they are slow as well, but everytime he has a ball, he gives me goosebums, he is not comfortable, and he looks weak! the team struggles in the middle of the park every game he is playing, he is good when we are winning! to slow things down, hope we score 2quick goals in less than 15min! if not he wont make us win,
Anonymous
posted: 11:09 am
This is a big test for ezikaMagebhula......if after Downs, Ajax and Chiefs, they are still on top.........then they might as well go all the way.I however dont see them collecting 3 points, come 10 oclock on saturday. Pelembe is very HUNGRY after being sidelined for a long time by Habas.The 'Bomber' Nyasha will give the Pirates defence a hard time.
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 11:12 am
If Pirates managed to win 9 games and drawn twice(2) out of their last 11 games and some people says Pirates were playing weak teams, eintlik how many teams are strong in the league and who are they. Why are our main rivals failing to collect the points against those so-called weak teams. I'm confused..!!
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