AmaZulu eyeing clean sweep over Pirates


AmaZulu will look to complete a clean sweep of victories over Orlando Pirates in the 2013/14 Absa Premiership campaign when the two sides meet at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Thursday, 23 January 2014, kick-off 19h30.

When the two sides met in Johannesburg at the start of the season it was Usuthu who secured a historic and hard-fought 1-0 win courtesy of a lone strike from Bongani Ndulula.

Both sides have been through ups and downs since that opening encounter and go into this clash looking to bounce back from their respective losses.

Usuthu ended the first half of the season with a 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Kaizer Chiefs, having defeated local rivals Lamontville Golden Arrows 3-0 in their previous encounter.

Craig Rosslee’s men will also look to improve on their home record after picking up

just eight points from their seven home matches so far this season.

AmaZulu are placed seventh on the Absa Premiership log with 20 points from 15 matches and their next three league opponents are SuperSport United (away), Ajax Cape Town (home), Moroka Swallows (away).

Pirates on the other hand enjoyed a winning run in December last year but they started the New Year with a 2-1 home loss at the hands of SuperSport United this past weekend.

The Buccaneers have a decent record on the road as they are unbeaten away from home this season, winning two and drawing one of their three away matches.

Their next three league opponents are Ajax Cape Town (home), Bidvest Wits (away) and Mamelodi Sundowns (home).

The Buccaneers are placed 11th on the Absa Premiership log with 16 points from nine matches.

In head-to-head stats, AmaZulu and Pirates have met in 50 league matches since 1985.

Bucs have 22 wins compared to 10 for Usuthu, while no less than 18 matches have been drawn.

AmaZulu have won just six of their 25 home matches against Pirates, suffering seven defeats in the process.

Last season this fixture ended in 1-1 draw with Goodman Dlamini cancelling Collins Mbesuma’s opener.

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