The biggest football match in South Africa is about to begin. And if it is not the most important, there is no doubt that the Carling Black Label Cup draws the most attention and presents a spectacle in every way. You all know the procedure here. The fans are voting for the starting lineups as well as the coaches, and though many see this as a friendly match, it really isn’t. Why? Well, most of those fans want their choices to win, so sometimes, this is more than just a friendly spectacle, which means that it is also a perfect place for making some bets.
Orlando hasn’t won this competition in two straight seasons, and their fans are eager to see the fall of the Chiefs. As we said, this might be a non-competitive spectacle overall, but it has much more competitive meaning for the public and the fans of both sides. Pirates’ goalkeeper and the former member of the Kaizer Chiefs, Brilliant Khuzwayo had to withdraw from the squad, and give his spot to Wayne Sandilands. Khuzwayo, who still didn’t make a debut for the Sea Robbers due to an ankle injury. The fans are more than frustrated, but the decision was for him to be removed from the team. Pirates had many new faces coming in during the off season, but also, many players left the club. Carling Black Label Cup will give the opportunity to their fans to see and assess the newcomers and whether they deserve to wear the club’s jersey. The same situation is with their rivals, but the difference is that Orlando had much bigger traffic this summer.
The fans of the Kaiser Chiefs will be very disappointed not to see their favorite guys Itumeleng Khune on the field because of his shoulder injury. The fantastic player had enough votes to become the part of the starting lineup, but the health issues were stronger than that. The 32-year-old goalkeeper will be replaced by Bruce Bvuma. Meanwhile, Lazarous Kambole, the newest addition to the squad, will start the match. He will have an opportunity to show his potential. The 24-year old is projected to be an essential addition to this squad and a part of the team for many years to come. The coach of the Kaizer Chiefs’ will be Tsietsi Benny Majoro, a 39-year old truck driver.
Head to Head
So far, the Pirates and the Chiefs played 7 Carling Black Label Cup matches. The interesting thing is that Orlando never won a single game, despite having four trophies. The reason for such a paradox is the fact that Pirates won after the penalties all four times. Meanwhile, Kazier Chiefs reached their victories after 90 minutes, and not only that, but it was always with a clean sheet. All seven matches went under 2.5 goals, and in five of them, only one side managed to hit the back of the net. During the previous season, the two teams met on three occasions. Pirates won twice, and one match ended with a draw. All events saw both sides scoring.
We believe that it is time for the Pirates to snap their drought and to win this event. After seven years of waiting, this team will finally win the Carling Black Label Cup. The odds on that are very good, and BetXChange is offering 1.37 on their victory. Last season’s events are suggesting that the Pirates know how to handle the big rival; therefore, we are backing them up to win. Also, if you want to bet on goals, moderate efficiency, meaning 2 or 3 goals is the best choice for this event. All three in the previous campaign saw this.