Chiefs could end Pirates' trophy hopes

MultiChoice Diski Challenge

Kaizer Chiefs can put a big dent in their arch-rivals' title ambitions if they win their MultiChoice Diski Challenge derby this weekend.

The people of Hammersdale are waiting in anticipation for this weekend's MDC Derby Festival, which will see rivalries revived, bragging rights at stake and the battle for points among the title contenders.

The derbies:

Orlando Pirates will face-off against Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto Derby; Golden Arrows clash with AmaZulu in the Durban derby; SuperSport United line up against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Tshwane derby and Bidvest Wits play Highlands Park in a Johannesburg derby.

Hammersdale’s Mpumalanga Stadium will host the two-day event: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February. Entry is free on both days but members of the public will be issued with a ticket as part of access control. Tickets will be available at the stadium’s ticket office on Thursday and Friday from 13h00.

The battle for points:

With only seven rounds of fixtures left this season, it is still everyone’s guess as to who will emerge victorious at the end of the season. Currently, all the top five clubs on the log standings are all within a chance.

The clubs that finish inside the top eight will play in the Diski Shield knockout competition.

Top-of-the-log Mamelodi Sundowns have 54 points, just two points ahead of second-placed Bidvest Wits (52) who have one game in hand (their suspended match against Orlando Pirates).

Orlando Pirates are third with 45 points. The suspended match will be played on Wednesday, 12 February at Orlando Stadium, kick-off at 16h00.

MDC derby statistics:

Tshwane Derby (Draws 1)
Mamelodi Sundowns 2
SuperSport United 1

Soweto Derby (Draws 2)
Orlando Pirates 2
Kaizer Chiefs 0

Durban Derby (Played twice)
AmaZulu 1
Golden Arrows 1

Joburg Derby (Played twice)
Bidvest Wits 1
Highlands Park 1