Kaizer Chiefs Orlando Pirates showboating

Chiefs and Pirates fans. Image: BackpagePix

Kaizer Chiefs predicted XI vs Pirates: Dove to return?

Arthur Zwane needs a result in the 117th Soweto Derby. Here’s how he could line up to get all three points for Kaizer Chiefs.

Kaizer Chiefs Orlando Pirates showboating

Chiefs and Pirates fans. Image: BackpagePix

It’s almost crunch time as Africa’s biggest rivalry enters its 117th episode. How will the beleaguered Kaizer Chiefs coach set up his team in the Soweto Derby against Pirates?

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SOWETO DERBY: PREDICTING THE KAIZER CHIEFS STARTING XI

Petersen; Ngezana, Kwinika, Dove, Hlanti; Maart, Sithebe; Dolly, Shabalala, Du Preez; Basomboli

Head coach Zwane faces selection dilemmas all over the pitch. He’ll need to think extra carefully about who plays at right-back to combat the dangerous promptings of Thembinkosi Lorch and Deon Hotto on the Pirates left flank. Will he retain Siyabonga Ngezana who struggled there against Arrows?

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Then, Zwane must also agonize over whether to recall club skipper Itumeleng Khune, a veteran of 27 Soweto Derbies, or keep faith with Brandon Petersen. Siyethemba Sithebe’s place in midfield might also be under threat although it would be a risk to throw youngster Samkelo Zwane into an occasion of this magnitude. Ashley Du Preez should retain his place on the left.

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The Buccaneers have won five of their last six matches across all competitions. Amazingly, although they’re woefully out of form right now, Chiefs have won each of their last four PSL meetings with Pirates. A fifth win on the bounce in this most feverish fixture could easily be the turning point of their season. A defeat, however, is unthinkable. Where’s your money this weekend?

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Mduduzi Shabalala is one of the finest prospects to come out of Naturena in some time. Image: @kaizerchiefs / Twitter.

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