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Predicting Orlando Pirates' XI to face AmaZulu FC in PSL clash

13:58 WAT 13/10/2022
Jose Riveiro, Orlando Pirates
The Buccaneers are set to welcome Usuthu at the 2010 Fifa World Cup training venue, Orlando Stadium with three points at stake

Having failed to win their last three competitive games, Orlando Pirates will be targeting nothing but a win when they face AmaZulu FC in a PSL clash on Friday.

The Soweto giants were held to a 0-0 draw by a stubborn Richards Bay side in their most recent game which was played in Orlando last weekend. 

Richard Ofori, Kermit Erasmus, Evidence Makgopa and Thabiso Monyane all missed the match against the Natal Rich Boys due to various reasons. 

With Ofori available for selection after serving his suspension, GOAL predicts Bucs' starting line-up ahead of their clash with Usuthu.

  • Ghana and Orlando Pirates keeper Richard Ofori.

    GOALKEEPER - Richard Ofori

    The Bucs vice-captain looks set to reclaim his spot in the team - replacing his back-up Siyabonga Mpontshane who kept a clean sheet against Richards Bay.

  • Bandile Shandu Orlando Pirates 2022.

    RIGHT WING-BACK - Bandile Shandu

    The 27-year-old is expected to keep his place in the team as Bucs' first-choice right wing-back while Monyane remains suspended.

  • Deon Hotto, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    LEFT WING-BACK - Deon Hotto

    The Swakopmund-born player could get the nod ahead of Paseka Mako who is yet to regain his old form since he returned from his facial injury.

  • Olisa Ndah, Orlando Pirates, September 2022

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Olisa Ndah

    The dreadlocked defender was one of Pirates' better players against Richards Bay and he was unlucky not to score - forcing goalkeeper Jamal Magoola into making two sensational saves.

  • Nkosinathi Sibisi, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Nkosinathi Sibisi

    The Bafana Bafana star, who has quickly established himself as Bucs' first choice centre back, is an ever-present in the team.

  • Innocent Maela, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Innocent Maela

    The Pirates captain will be determined to lead the Soweto giants to a win that would snap their current winless run. 

  • Miguel Timm, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Miguel Timm

    The 31-year-old, who is a permanent fixture in the team, will be bracing himself for a midfield battle against his former Maritzburg United teammate Keagan Buchanan.

  • Goodman Mosele, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Goodman Mosele

    The former South Africa under-23 international has formed a solid midfield partnership with Timm and coach Jose Riveiro is unlikely to make changes in the middle of the park.

  • Monnapule Saleng, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    LEFT FORWARD - Monnapule Saleng

    The quick winger was arguably Pirates' best attacker against Richards Bay - creating several chances for his teammates while also forcing Magoola into making a smart save. 

  • Zakhele Lepasa, Orlando Pirates, September 2022

    RIGHT FORWARD - Zakhele Lepasa

    The mobile attacker has become Riveiro's first-choice forward in the last few weeks and he will be determined to end his three-match goal drought when he faces AmaZulu.

  • Kermit Erasmus, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    CENTRE FORWARD - Kermit Erasmus

    With the Buccaneers in desperate need of goals, the experienced forward might start having missed last weekend's match due to a minor injury.