SuperSport and Pirates have been regular combatants in cup competitions, especially in recent years. This will be the eighth cup clash between the teams in just the past four seasons, and 18th overall. The Buccaneers have generally dominated the rivalry, claiming nine outrights wins (plus two by penalties) compared to four for Matsatsantsa (plus two by penalties). The teams’ most recent knockout meeting was in the Nedbank Cup last year: SuperSport won 1-0 thanks to a goal from striker Jeremy Brockie.
Overall, the United and Bucs have clashed in 68 matches across all competitions since 1990. The Soweto side has claimed 31 wins compared to 20 for the Tshwane club, while 17 matches have been drawn. The teams have met twice this season, with last weekend’s match at Orlando Stadium adding to a 1-0 win for SuperSport in the league way back in August at the start of the 2015/16 campaign.
NEDBANK CUP PEDIGREE
SuperSport have won the Nedbank Cup three times, with their most recent triumph occurring in 2012 (adding to triumphs in 1999 and 2005) when they beat local rivals Mamelodi Sundowns in the final. Matsatsantsa reached the semifinals of last season’s Nedbank Cup before they were beaten 2-1 by eventual runners-up Ajax Cape Town.
Pirates have won the Nedbank Cup eight times, and were champions as recently as 2014. They were also runners-up in 1971, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1984, 1998 and 2006. Last season the Buccaneers were knocked out in the last 16, going down 1-0 at the hands of SuperSport United.
Kick-off is at 15:00.