*Friendly matches not included
The Soweto derby has traditionally been a closely-fought fixture with few easy wins on offer for either side. That trend was very much evident during the past decade, with only one game decided by a three-goal margin.
Kaizer Chiefs boast a favourable head-to-head record in the all-time count, having won 68 games against Orlando Pirates, drawn 54 and lost 41. Neither Amakhosi nor the Buccaneers have ever won this fixture by more than four goals.
Kaizer Chiefs beat Orlando Pirates 7-3 in 1972 and 5-1 in 1975, while Pirates won 5-1 against the Glamour Boys in 1990.
Below are all the derbies during the 2010s which were decided by a margin of two goals or more.
Orlando Pirates 0-3 Kaizer Chiefs (2010 Telkom Knockout)
The Soweto giants met in the 2010 Telkom Knockout final at FNB Stadium. Chiefs had only recently beaten Pirates 3-1 in the league, so they came into this game with the psychological advantage.
Amakhosi made that edge count, as a brace from Sthembiso Ngcobo and a Siphiwe Tshabalala goal gave them a comfortable victory.
The Buccaneers would ultimately have the last laugh, as they went on to secure the league title that season.
Orlando Pirates 1-3 Kaizer Chiefs (2010-11 PSL)
Shortly before the Telkom Knockout final, Pirates were soundly beaten by Chiefs in the league at FNB Stadium.
Daine Klate put the ball past his own goalkeeper, Moeneeb Josephs, from a Knowledge Musona cross, getting the ball rolling.
Musona had the better of Bucs skipper Lucky Lekgwathi on that day. The Zimbabwean winger won and converted a penalty off him to make it 2-0.
Musona then capitalised on Rooi Mahamutsa and Josephs’ failure to clear a high ball, stretching the lead further before a consolation goal from Ezenwa Otorogu.
Orlando Pirates 0-2 Kaizer Chiefs (2014-15 PSL)
The last time Kaizer Chiefs won a Soweto derby by two or more goals was during their most recent title-winning season under Stuart Baxter.
Siphiwe Tshabalala and Siphelele Mthembu scored in the second half to guide Chiefs to a comfortable victory over Eric Tinkler’s charges.
Kaizer Chiefs 1-3 Orlando Pirates (2015-16 PSL)
Chiefs’ iron grip on the Soweto rivalry came unstuck in the 2015-16 season and they went down 3-1 to the Buccaneers at FNB Stadium in October 2015.
Steve Komphela’s men fell behind to an Issa Sarr strike shortly before the half-hour mark. Erick Mathoho equalised just before half-time to send the teams into the break level.
Pirates desperately needed the win, as they were not in the best of form, and goals from Ayanda Gcaba and Thamsanqa Gabuza sealed a vital three points for the Buccaneers.
Orlando Pirates 2-0 Kaizer Chiefs (2016 Nedbank Cup)
A brace from Tendai Ndoro sealed victory for the Buccaneers in the last 32 of the 2016 Nedbank Cup against their bitter rivals.
Mpho Makola set up the first of the late goals before Ndoro sealed the game in style with a long-range stunner.
Pirates went on to lose the final of the tournament 3-2 to SuperSport United.
Orlando Pirates 3-1 Kaizer Chiefs (2017-18 PSL)
The last Soweto derby decided by two or more goals came in 2018, late in the Steve Komphela era at Kaizer Chiefs.
Both teams were in with a shout in the title race at this stage. However, it became clear during the derby that Pirates were the greater threat of the two to Mamelodi Sundowns.
Thembinkosi Lorch opened the scoring only for Leonardo Castro to equalise. The teams went into the break level, but a second-half brace from Luvuyo Memela sealed the win for Pirates.
Leonard Solms is a freelance South African multi-sport journalist who has written for a number of regional, national and international newspapers and websites. He won a Rhodes-Investec Top 100 Award in 2018, the year in which he completed his Bachelor of Journalism at Rhodes University.