Bucs look to secure top eight


With both sides involved in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals this weekend, it’s likely that the coach will ring the changes to keep their players fresh.

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However, Pirates will still need to make sure the qualify for the top eight – at the moment they lie fifth, but are just two points ahead of AmaZulu in ninth spot.

Fortunately for them, they play struggling Free State Stars and Golden Arrows in their remaining two matches.

Wits have gone seven games unbeaten in the League, but two successive goalless draws against SuperSport United and Kaizer Chiefs ended their title challenge.

They are currently third in the standings, four points behind Kaizer Chiefs, who they face in the Nedbank Cup semi-final on Saturday.

Wits and Pirates have met in 56 League matches since 1985, with Bucs winning 24 matches compared to the Students’ 12.

When the teams met earlier this season, Pirates claimed a 2-1 home win thanks to goals from Helder Pelembe and Kermit Erasmus.

Last 10 League meetings

2008/09: Wits 0-2 Pirates (Mhlongo, Mashego)

2009/10: Pirates 1-1 Wits (Thwala; Kadi); Wits 0-0 Pirates

2010/11: Wits 1-1 Pirates (Haskins; Segolela); Pirates 3-2 Wits (Chansa 2, Mashego; Fredericks, Sif Vilakazi)

2011/12: Wits 3-1 Pirates (Spencer, Chapman 2; Sangweni); Pirates 0-0 Wits

2012/13: Pirates 2-0 Wits (Matlaba, Segolela); Wits 0-1 Pirates (Myeni)

2013/14: Pirates 2-1 Wits (Pelembe, Erasmus; Vilakazi)