Orlando Pirates will need to defy the odds in Esperance's backyard in order to reach their second Caf Champions League final
ESPERANCE DE TUNIS
Afful, Ben Mansour, Chemmam, Dhaouadi
Bela'ali, Darragi, Mskani
Jele, Mahamutsa, Gcaba, Matlaba
Myeni ,Klate, Manyisa, Jali, Segolela
Esperance will host Orlando Pirates in the second leg of their Caf Champions League semi-final at the Stade Olympique de Rades, a stadium which has become a fortress for the home side.
The two sides played out to a 0-0 draw at the Orlando Stadium during the first leg of the semi-final, with the Buccaneers missing various opportunities in front of goal.
The recent statistics highlight the daunting task ahead for Pirates, as Esperance have only lost three of their last 60 Caf Champions League fixtures in the Stade Olympique de Rades.
The Tunisian side's attacking style of football has seen them dominate teams at home and Pirates will need to prepare for a tough outing in hostile conditions.
Roger de Sa will be without experienced captain Lucky Lekghwati as the defender did not travel with the side to Tunis, while Siyabonga Sangweni will definitely miss the tie due to his Achilles tendon injury.
The Sea Robbers will welcome back Thandani Ntshumayelo into the fold after the midfielder was cleared from any further injury concerns.
Esperance are aiming to secure their fourth consecutive final appearance in the Caf Champions League, having claimed the title in 2011.
The home side will be without
A scoring draw will be enough to put Pirates through into the final of the tournament, an experience they have not tasted since they won the continental showpiece in 1995.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Esperance have won their last 13 matches at home, conceding five goals in the process and keeping a clean sheet on 10 occasions.
- Their last defeat occured in last year's final, where Al Ahly ran out surprise 2-1 victors in Tunis.
- The Tunisian side defeated TP Mazembe in the semi-finals of the tournament in 2012, winning 1-0 at home after drawing the first lef 0-0.
- The last time Pirates reached this stage of the tournament was in 2006.
- The Buccaneers will aim for their second star, after winning the tournament in 1995.
- Roger de Sa's side have suffered two consecutive away defeats in the Caf Champions League, a 4-1 humbling against Zamalek and a 1-0 loss to AC Leopards.