Mamelodi Sundowns - Orlando Pirates Preview: Brazilians look for fourth successive win
The Brazilians have been impressive all season so far and with the backing of the Loftus crowd, Orlando Pirates have their work cut out when the pair clash on Tuesday
By Thabiso Mosala
Moon, Nthethe, Schut, Mashaba
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Mamelodi Sundowns return to their fortress when they host Soweto giants Orlando Pirates in a league clash at Loftus Versfeld on Tuesday night, as they look to close the gap on log-leading Kaizer Chiefs.
Chiefs, who lead the Brazilians by nine points, will be involved in a Caf Champions League fixture next weekend and will not be involved on the local scene, allowing Sundowns the opportunity of narrowing the deficit and playing one of their two games in hand over the Amakhosi.
Sundowns have only lost a single game at home this season, against Chiefs, and will look to add three more points to their 20 points out of a possible 27 at Loftus.
The Pretoria outfit head into the clash on the back of a league and Nedbank Cup double over Ajax Cape Town last week and are looking for a fourth consecutive Premiership win.
Pirates, meanwhile, survived a serious scare over the weekend, as they were pushed all the way into a penalty shootout by NFD outfit Thanda Royal Zulu in Richards Bay.
The Buccaneers eventually went on to win, but their poor form in front of goal continues, having been involved in a goalless draw with Ajax in their last PSL game last week.
Pirates have only managed a satisfactory nine points from their six games on the road this season, last winning away from home against Platinum Stars mid-December last year.
The Soweto side will be without the services of Ayanda Gcaba, who is ineligible due to being suspended.
Sundowns, however, have an even bigger crisis and will be without the injured duo of Katlego Mashego and Cuthbert Malajila, while influential midfielder Khama Billiat is suspended.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- The pair have met once already this season, with the Brazilians sealing a last-ditch 1-0 win at Orlando Stadium earlier this year.
- The Brazilians have scored the most goals in the PSL, with 32, while Pirates have scored 18 goals from their 15 games.
- Pirates will be without newly-appointed head coach Vladimir Vermezovic, who is still waiting on his work permit to be approved.
- Sundowns are looking for a third successive home win.
Top 3 Predictions
Mamelodi Sundowns FC 2-1 Orlando Pirates
- 19.39 %
Mamelodi Sundowns FC 1-2 Orlando Pirates
- 17.35 %
Mamelodi Sundowns FC 3-1 Orlando Pirates
- 11.22 %
|South Africa - PSL (PSL)||25 Feb 2014||Mamelodi Sundowns FC 0 - Orlando Pirates 1|
|South Africa - PSL (PSL)||08 Feb 2014||Orlando Pirates 0 - Mamelodi Sundowns FC 1|
|South Africa - PSL (PSL)||11 May 2013||Orlando Pirates 0 - Mamelodi Sundowns FC 1|
|South Africa - PSL (PSL)||07 Nov 2012||Mamelodi Sundowns FC 1 - Orlando Pirates 3|
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|01 Mar 2014||Wits University FC 3 - Mamelodi Sundowns FC 1||PSL|
|25 Feb 2014||Mamelodi Sundowns FC 0 - Orlando Pirates 1||PSL|
|21 Feb 2014||Ajax Cape Town FC 0 - Mamelodi Sundowns FC 1||NBC|
|15 Feb 2014||Mamelodi Sundowns FC 3 - Ajax Cape Town FC 2||PSL|
|08 Feb 2014||Orlando Pirates 0 - Mamelodi Sundowns FC 1||PSL|
|8||Hlompho Alpheus Kekana||Midfielder|
|23||Lebohang Lefalamang Mokoena||Midfielder|
|14||Lucky Letlhohonolo Lekgwathi||Defender|
|27||Terence Mpho Makola||Midfielder|
|-||Lennox Luyanda Bacela||Striker|
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