Pirates will be without Andile Jali for their league encounter against Ajax Cape Town at the Orlando Stadium
Matlaba, Lekgwathi, Jele, Gcaba
Klate, Ntshumayelo, Manyisa, Masalesa
AJAX CAPE TOWN
Jenniker, Lebusa, Ernesto, Hlatshwayo
Davids, Isaacs, Alexander, Mobara
The Buccaneers played to a 1-1 draw against AmaZulu last Thursday, and they need three points to be among the top eight teams in the league.
This will also be Urban Warriors' first clash without their tactician Muhsin Ertugral, who handed his resignation last week, and that could give Pirates an edge over their opponents.
However, the Soweto giants will also be without their influential midfielder Andile Jali, who left the country to join Belgian side KV Oostende this past weekend.
It will be interesting to see who will fill Jali's big boots in the Pirates midfield, although this could be Lehlogonolo Masalesa's chance to shine.
Roger de Sa is expected to stick to his formation of three central midfielders with Thandani Ntshumayelo and Oupa Manyisa complementing each other.
Ajax Cape Town's Ian Taylor has the likes of Toriq Losper and Eleazer Rodgers, but all eyes will be on midfield youngster Abbubaker Mobara.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Pirates have never been in the top eight this season.
- Bucs are yet to win this year - they played two games, lost one and drawn one.
- In head-to-head stats, Bucs and Ajax have met 18 times since 2004, with Pirates winning nine compared to Ajax's four while five ended in draws.
- Former Pirates forward Terror Fanteni is on trial at Ajax Cape Town, and is yet to find the club.
- The Urban Warriors have only beaten Pirates once since 2004, and it was during the 2008/2009 season.