Orlando Pirates v Bidvest Wits

Orlando Pirates will begin the post-Roger de Sa era on Tuesday evening when they welcome Bidvest Wits to the Orlando Stadium.

The de Sa stepped down from his role last week after failing to lead the Buccaneers to the heights they have achieved over the past few years, having relinquished the PSL crown to Kaizer Chiefs last season while this term they have already lost three cup finals.

Pirates' run in the CAF Champions League, where they lost the event final to Al Ahly, has resulted in the team playing catch up in the Premiership, but they started 2014 with a draw followed by a defeat before finally registering a win against Ajax Cape Town last time out.

Those results have left the Soweto giants a whopping 16 points behind league leaders and bitter rivals Chiefs, and although they have five games in hand over Amakhosi, interim coach Eric Tinkler - promoted from his role as assistant - will need nothing short of a perfect run to get Pirates back in the reckoning.

Wits, meanwhile, will be playing their first game of 2014, with the side's last outing having come on December 21 when they closed out the year with a 3-1 win over Bloemfontein Celtic.

The Clever Boys are in good stead for a serious run at the title as they sit joint third in the standings, below Mamelodi Sundowns only on goal difference but with a game in hand over the Brazilians and three over Chiefs and second-placed SuperSport United, who clash on Wednesday..

On the team front, the hosts could bring Patrick Phungwayo back into the fray following four months out with an Achilles injury, although Rooi Mahamutsa and Siyabonga Sangweni are still some way off from returns.

The Buccaneers have an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from as they look to breath life into their title chase.

Wits, meanwhile, are expected to hand a debut to Jabulani Shongwe, who joined on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns last week, while Sthembiso Ngcobo will also be hoping to make his bow after switching from Amakhosi.

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