Gaston Sirino has stepped up as the driving force for The Brazilians this season, taking over the mantle following the exits of Khama Billiat and Percy Tau, while Vincent Pule has grown fro strength to strength since his arrival at Pirates from Bidvest Wits.
Ahead of the much-anticipated clash, KickOff.com takes a look at how they compare.
Sirino – The Uruguayan at this point still an injury doubt, but his tally of five goals and two assists in all competitions is the most of any Sundowns player this season. He recently bagged a brace to help his side to a resounding 3-1 victory over Free State Stars.
Pule – Bucs' top scorer with five goals and three assists has been instrumental in his side’s present eight-match unbeaten run, having scored four goals in his last six league appearances. The 26-year-old sat out in their midweek victory over Polokwane City after featuring in 103 minutes in a gruelling Telkom Knockout win over AmaZulu on the weekend.
Sirino – Both players are more or less level in as far as goal/assist contributions are concerned but comparing their actions in front of goals sees Sirino lag behind with 13 shots at goal this season. Per 90 minutes, he has managed 0,99 shots from inside the box, and 1,32 shots from distance.
Pule – Pule has a slightly more significant threat having attempted a total of 33 shots at goal this season, averaging 1,66 shots from inside the 18-yard area, and 2 shots from outside every 90 minutes.
Sirino – His ability to bring his teammates into play and creating scoring chances is one of Sirino’s strong areas, having averaged 17,5 final third passes per 90 minutes while managing 1,98 shot assists per 90 minutes.
Pule – The Bafana Bafana winger is also adept at creating opportunities for his teammates – as proven by his superior number of assists – but his contributions that have not turned into goals are somewhat less, with 13,4 final third passes per 90 minutes and 1,55 shot assists per 90 minutes,
Sirino – While a winger’s primary focus is attacking, modern football requires all 10 outfield players to assist in defending. The 27-year-old has won seven tackles at an average of 1,2 tackles per 90 minutes, making zero interceptions, 10 blocks and five clearances this season.
Pule – Perhaps being previously coached by Gavin Hunt has aided in Pule’s defensive game, having won 12 tackles at an average of 1,3 tackles per 90 minutes, while contributing two interceptions, 11 blocks and 11 clearances this season.