Preview: Platinum Stars v Orlando Pirates


Orlando Pirates will be looking to climb up the Premiership table when they travel to the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, to face relegation threatened Platinum Stars on Wednesday.

Dikwena were woeful in the beginning of their campaign but a 4-0 win over high-flying Cape Town City and two draws in their final three games moved Cavin Johnson’s side out the drop zone – as they sit in 13th, two points ahead of last placed Baroka FC.

The Buccaneers failed to register a win in their last five games in all competitions before the break but could still move up from 10th placed to fifth if they win their two games in hand.

Assistant coach Bradley Carnell remains confident the Soweto giants can still make a success of their season in their 80th anniversary, claiming the squad are in high spirits and are training well under interim-coach Augusto Palacios.

“I think Palacios is doing a fantastic job. He is doing things about his way and his experience. The boys have been responding very well [to his philosophy] and they have been putting in good effort,” the former Bafana left-back told Phakaaathi.

“It has been a bit of a process getting them [the new signings] onto the field because of different protocols. We have to prepare them from a fitness level,” he added.

“We just have to see who is going to be available for the first match … but I am sure by the Mamelodi Sundowns game we will have everyone available.”