In a much anticipated mid-table confrontation, Ajax Cape Town will host a wounded Orlando Pirates at an unfamiliar Athlone Stadium on Tuesday evening
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The two sides met three weeks back at the Orlando Stadium where The Buccaneers came out on top, defeating The Urban Warriors (2-1). Pirates took the lead in the 36th minute through Khethowakhe Masuku, and eleven minutes into the second period the home side extended that lead when defender Thabo Matlaba put them two goals up. The visitors pulled one goal back with 19 minutes to spare, but could not find the equalizer.
Both sides come into this match having lost their previous encounter and will be looking to earn those vital three points. The Buccaneers had a shocking loss against Polokwane City, when Sipho Jembule found the back of the net for Boebie Solomons men in the 27th minute, which helped them to a one goal win.
Pirates caretaker coach Eric Tinkler admits that the matchup against The Urban Warriors will be a huge test, and that his side will need to bury the chances they create. The Buccaneers will head to Cape Town with a full strength squad, apart from Siyabonga Sangweni who is still out due to an Achilles tendon injury. Meanwhile, midfielder Lehlohonolo Masalesa and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has been included in the team travelling to Cape Town.
The Urban Warriors recent come from an interesting encounter with Mamelodi Sundowns, a match which saw referee Victor Gomes award five penalties, out of which three were converted. A performance that the Cape outfit will look to bounce back from, after The Brazilians had dominated them.
Ajax will likely see the return of their mid-season signing Thamsanqa Sangweni to take up the role in the midfield, after the loan player was ruled out in playing against his parent team over the weekend.
The Cape side currently sit in 10th position on the log with 22 points, only one point separating them from the Sea Robbers. A win for the home side will see them move up three places on the table and one place above The Buccaneers. However, a win for the visitors would not alter the table, but will take them to a total of 26 points.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Orlando Pirates have only won two of their five away matches in this campaign
- Pirates has scored an average of one goal per away match in this campaign
- Ajax have won five home games in this campaign, keeping three clean sheets
- Ajax's biggest victory at home in this campaign was against Maritzburg United (3-1)
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