The Orlando Pirates camp is avoiding the favourites tag going to the much anticipated Soweto derby against arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs in an Absa Premiership match to be played at FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Pirates have won six and drawn one of their last seven matches in the league compared to Chiefs three wins, two draws and two losses in the same number of games in the league.

This points to a huge improvement on the Pirates team which at some stage in December was 17 points behind Chiefs but now is placed third on the log and only six points behind.

But still, for obvious reasons Pirates assistant coach Fadlu Davids speaking to the media just before their training session on Tuesday, runs away from the favourites tag.

A win for Pirates will see them closing down the gap between them and Chefs to only three points with Amakhosi having a game in hand.

It’s the kind of pressure that the Ghost will be looking at their favourite team to keep on the log leaders going into the last eight games of the season.

Just like they did last season, Davids and his camp prefer to stick to the mind games when addressing the title race talk.

Chiefs have already beaten Pirates twice this season in the league and also in the Telkom Knockout.

But with the form Bucs are in now, Davids is not mincing his words that they are coming to this weekend’s sold-out game with only one thing in mind and that is to claim the three points available.

Report by Velile Mnyandu