Our featured Absa Premiership match this weekend sees Bidvest Wits clash with Orlando Pirates on Saturday night when top spot in the standings is up for grabs.
In terms of Absa Premiership form Wits and Pirates can’t be separated right now. Both teams have 7 points from their 3 league outings and a goal difference of +3. That tally is enough to see them in joint top spot on the log so any winner here will have clear daylight at the Absa Premiership summit at full time.
Wits will feel confident given they have already beaten the Bucs this season at this stadium, a 2-1 win in the MTN8 quarter finals where they came from behind to make it through. The Clever Boys have subsequently advanced to the final of that competition where they will meet Mamelodi Sundowns and their league form comprises of a 2-1 win over Chiefs, 0-0 draw at Polokwane and 2-0 win at Baroka.
Pirates won their first two league matches, 3-1 at home to Arrows and 2-1 away at Ajax. They had to settle for a point in midweek when they played out a 0-0 draw at home to Cape Town City and they will feel they owe Wits a beating having lost each of the last four head to heads including both of the Absa Premiership matches last season.
Recent Head to Head (Wits at home)
Aug 2016 MTN8 Wits 2-1 Pirates
Mar 2016 PSL Wits 1-0 Pirates
Apr 2015 PSL Wits 2-0 Pirates
Betting – click here to bet
Bidvest Wits 14/10
Orlando Pirates 18/10
Suggested Bet: Both teams to score? (yes) at 19/20
We have two good sides on view here and the form book suggests there is little between them although Wits do have a clear advantage when it comes to results from recent meetings. Let’s hope for a game which does justice to its billing and our pick is for both teams to find the net.