Sun. May 19th, 2019

Orlando Pirates concerned over slender goal-difference advantage

Milutin Sredojevic , coach of Orlando Pirates with Rhulani Mokwena, Assistant coach of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Supersport United and Orlando Pirates at the Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit on the 20 February 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePixOrlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has indicated that his side will try to get their goal difference up in their two remaining fixtures.

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While four teams are still mathematically in the PSL title race, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns are without a doubt the main contenders, and the contents between the two could be settled by goal difference.

The Buccaneers sit on top of the table with 53 points, three ahead of the Tshwane giants who still have a game in hand.

Both sides can get to 59 points should they not lose their remaining matches, and it is the Soweto outfit who currently hold a slight advantage with a superior goal difference which is just five goals to the good.

Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has revealed that increasing the figure in that particular column will be critical to the club’s chances.

“This [goal difference] is exactly where our critical aspects need to go,” the Serb is quoted by KickOff.

“We have no right to allow our players to fly in the sky – when it’s good and you win three points, we are firmly on the ground; when it’s bad, you do not give up – this is how we have passed through the season.

“All 53 points have really deeply, through the sweat, blood and tears of the team, the work of the players, technical team, management and support of the supporters.”

Milutin Sredojevic

The Soweto giants next fixture is against one of the clubs still in the title race in Cape Town City, whose chances of a maiden title was boosted by a decision by the PSL which ordered that Bloemfontein Celtic forfeit their abandoned fixture against them.

Pirates conclude their season against Polokwane City on Saturday 11 May, while Sundowns close things off with a visit to Free State Stars – after facing Black Leopards and Golden Arrows prior.

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