The Buccaneers will be looking to dispel the ‘hoodoo’ Rise and Shine have over them, with previous head-to-head results showing an unwelcome trend.
Coach Milutin Sredojevic has yet to lead his side to victory in in three outings against City, who have a slight advantage after last year’s penalty shootout victory in the Telkom Knockout quarterfinal.
However, the bad fortune goes beyond Micho’s tenure as Pirates have failed to beat the Limpopo-based outfit in their last seven meetings in all competitions, dating back to 28 February 2015 when they managed a 3-1 victory.
In fact, in their six previous hostings of Bucs in the Absa Premiership, City have lost just once – on 30 August 2014 – and have managed two upsets, while their last three home matches have ended in draws.
Fans can expect the back of the net at the new Peter Mokaba Stadium to rattle at least a couple of times, with only one of those six fixtures in Polokwane having ended goalless – dating all the way back to September 2015.
A total of 30 goals have been scored between the two sides in their 14 matches altogether, with Pirates managing 17 and City adding the remaining 13.
Looking at the current standings, coach Jozef Vukusic are currently just two points adrift of the Soweto giants (19 points from 11 games), and still have two games in hand.
City have not lost in their previous seven league meetings, with their last defeat coming at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns on 7 August. They also managed to beat Kaizer Chiefs just four weeks ago.