25 July 2019, by: Grant de Smidt
BLACK LABEL CUP TACTICAL PREVIEW: ORLANDO PIRATES V KAIZER CHIEFS
Ahead of the eighth Carling Black Label Cup, we take a look at the key stats from the previous seven editions as well as looking at the awkward tactical battle that could unfold!
Will the lineups now decided for Saturday’s preseason clash, both coaches will have some tough tactical decisions to execute. Although the supporters vote for their sides in a flat 4-4-2 formation, neither side
is obliged to play that way on the day.
With no left back selected by the fans and all three central defenders picked, coach Ernst Middendorp may go with a three-man defence, and use Rama Mphahlele and Joseph Malongoane as wingbacks. The latter excelled in that role – albeit on the right side – under Steve Komphela in 2017-18.
In attack, Khama Billiat could lead the line with Bernard Parker on the right, often dropping off to supplement the midfield with debutant Lazarous Kambole as a wide forward on the left.
Expect Middendorp to get a specialist left back onto the pitch at half-time. Also, midfielder Siphelele Ntshangase is thought to be out of favour under the German, so he could be taken off at the earliest opportunity.
Bucs’ supporters have voted just one central midfielder into the team in Ben Motshwari, so Milutin Sredojevic will need to find a way to protect the central area of the pitch. A 3-5-2 would give better cover in central defence, whilst allowing two players to support Motshwari. Having three central defenders could also be better suited to playing out from the back.
Expect Pirates to introduce another central midfielder as soon as possible, whilst Justice Chabalala did not play a single game last season and will surely be taken off at the interval or early into the second half.