January 18, 2022

MTN8 Semi-Final Preview: Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates

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Kaizer Chiefs were hammered 3-0 by Orlando Pirates in the first leg of their MTN8 semi-final tie at Orlando Stadium in Soweto last week Saturday, on the 31st of October 2020. 

The two clubs are set to square-off in the return leg on Sunday, 8 November 2020, at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

Match Facts: Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates

No two teams have met on more occasions in the MTN8 competition than Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, who will contest a 22nd clash between the sides since 1972.

The previous 21 meetings have seen Pirates edge in front in the head-to-head with nine wins to seven for Chiefs, while both sides have scored 30 goals.

Their most recent clash was the semifinal, first leg, last weekend, where Pirates ran out 3-0 winners after goals from Zakhele Lepasa, Vincent Pule and Thembinkosi Lorch.

In more recent history, the teams have met on seven occasions since the semifinals in 2010, with Pirates claiming four wins to Chiefs’ one, and two draws. Those games have yielded 12 goals between the sides.

In all, Pirates and Chiefs have met on 170 previous occasions in all competitions. Chiefs lead the head-to-head with 69 wins, while Pirates have been victorious 42 times. There have been 54 draws, with five games abandoned. Chiefs have outscored their opponents 219-184.

The last 10 clashes have seen four Pirates wins, two for Chiefs (though both of these were in the 2019-20 season) and four draws.

Prior to their home and away league defeats to Chiefs last season, Pirates had not lost to the AmaKhosi in their previous 13 meetings, the longest run of winless games for the Chiefs in the 50-year history of the Soweto Derby.

Pirates are in the MTN8 semifinals for the first time since 2014, when they were beaten finalists. In the five years after that they lost in the quarterfinals, while club did not qualify for the competition at all in 2017. Of their 10 previous semifinal ties in the PSL era, Pirates have won six and lost four.

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