Downs hold huge edge over ruderless Pirates


Mamelodi Sundowns's reign over the DStv Premiership is shown by their dominance over fellow title rival Orlando Pirates in recent years, as the two sides lock horns this Saturday.

The 51st PSL league meeting between the two clubs takes place at Orlando Stadium as the Buccaneers aim to stage an unlikely upset.

Not only do the Brazilians arrive at Orlando Stadium as defending champions and current league leaders, but also with an edge of having not finished lower than their opponents in the league for the last eight years.

Over the last eight years, Sundowns have been crowned as champions on six occasions, consecutively over the last four campaigns. While finishing as runners-up to Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits the other two occasions.

Seven wins and three draws mean Sundowns have tasted defeat just twice in the last 12 league meetings against Pirates.

Those wins came with heavy scorelines like the 6-0 humiliation in February 2017 and another 3-0 defeat in the most recent meeting between the two in May.

The goals count further demonstrates The Brazilians’ dominance having scored 18 against six from those 12 league games.

The latest encounter will come with Pirates having gone on to make further coaching changes with Josef Zinnbauer gone and replaced by the pair of Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids.

Through the last 12 meetings between the two clubs, Pirates have had several coaches such as Eric Tinkler, Augusto Palacios, Kjell Jonevret and Milutin Sredojevic while the stability at Sundowns has meant Manqoba Mngqithi and Rulani Mokwena took over after Pitso Mosimane left.

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