file picture Pic: Bongiwe Mchunu
Its a tale of two cities for Orlando Pirates as they prepare to wind up their highly consistent 2018/19  league season.
With only two games outstanding the fixture deploys the Sea Robbers to dock in Cape Town to face local giants City under the tutelage of their former striker Bennie McCarthy in a penultimate clash scheduled for Saturday.
It could not have been the best of times to visit the Cape for the Orlando Pirates, what with McCarthy’s charges having a mathematical chance to snatch the ultimate prize right under the feet of log leaders Pirates and the marauding Mamelodi Sundowns  – both teams who are sharing top spot but on goal difference.
It could also have not been the worst of times for Pirates to subsequently have to take a trip some 400ks north of Johannesburg to Polokoane, where they have a midweek date with their nemesis – Polokane City.
For Pirates to  ensure they ring fence their title hopes, they must conquer both Cape Town and Polokane.
It’s going to be an epoch of disbelief for the throngs of Pirates supporters should their heroes choke and falter at the gates of glory.
What is generally agreed upon is that Pirates play enterprising attacking football, and the gods of football have been kind to them.
In these last two fixtures they are going to have to dig deeper if they are to emerge victorious.
With Sundowns likely to be docked some point(s) the Pirates have to ensure they collect the maximum remaining six points.
The stage is set and it all depends on how much the Pirates players want to crown their 2018/19 season – with glory or tears.
And, after all is said and done, history will record it was the tale of two cities that made or broke the Pirates class of 2018/19.

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Hugo Lloris’s errors for Tottenham and why he is still a top goalkeeper

Hugo Lloris’s tendency to make mistakes is a worry for Tottenham but it does not necessarily mean he is not a good goalkeeper, writes Adam Bate.

Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to select back-up goalkeeper Michel Vorm ahead of Hugo Lloris for the club’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United invited criticism, particularly when the Dutchman was partially culpable for the opening goal. But Lloris’s errors have also seen him under scrutiny this season.

The Spurs captain was questioned at the start of April when he misjudged a cross to allow Alvaro Morata to head home the opening goal for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Lloris was then a little unfortunate in the very next game against Stoke when an attempted clearance ricocheted off opposition striker Mame Biram Diouf to gift him an equalizer.

Marouane Fellaini representative expected in Manchester to continue new contract talks

A representative of Marouane Fellaini is expected in Manchester before the end of the week to continue discussions over a new contract at United, according to Sky sources.

The 30-year-old midfielder was critical of United’s approach to a new deal in a recent interview with a Belgian magazine, and insisted manager Jose Mourinho and his staff all want him to stay at Old Trafford.

Mourinho said on Monday that an agreement was “in place” to extend Fellaini’s deal at the club, which expires at the end of the season, and the midfielder is already looking ahead to next season at the club.