Orlando Pirates vs. Free State Stars: Kick off, TV channel, live score, squad news & preview

The Buccaneers are hoping to extend their lead to six points at the top of the log with a victory over a rejuvenated Ea Lla Koto side

Orlando Pirates will square off with Free State Stars in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) clash at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

The Buccaneers are targeting their third successive league victory as they brushed aside Black Leopards 2-0 at home in midweek.

The win saw Bucs extend their lead to three points at the top of the league standings, but second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns have a game in hand.


Orlando Pirates v Free State  Stars
Date Saturday, April 13
Time 20:15

TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch

The match will be live on both SS4. You can also catch live updates on Goal.com

Live Match Centre TV Channel
Goal.com SS4


Squads & Team News

Milutin Sredojevic, Orlando Pirates, November 2018

A victory over Stars is imperative for Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic's side with third-place Bidvest Wits having drawn level on points with Sundowns after defeating Chippa United on Friday.

With Sundowns set to face Al Ahly in the Caf Champions League clash in Egypt on Saturday, it is an opportunity for Bucs to extend their lead to six points at the top.

Pirates will be boosted by the return of defender Alfred Ndengane and forward Augustine Mulenga, who served their one-game suspensions against Leopards.

Forward Thembinkosi Lorch, who became Bucs' joint top goalscorer in the league with six goals when he netted against Leopards, will be hoping to inspire the Soweto giants to victory.

Marko Vasiljevic & Nikola Kavazovic, Free State Stars, February 2019

Meanwhile, Stars are brimming with confidence as they snapped their three-match winless run in style by thumping AmaZulu FC 4-1 at home last month.

Despite the victory, Ea Lla Koto remained 15th on the league standings - two points behind 11th-placed AmaZulu, but the former have a game in hand.

Nikola Kavazovic will be keen to mastermind a victory over Pirates which would lift his side out of the relegation zone.

The Bethlehem-based side will be boosted by the fact that they do not have any players on this weekend's suspension list.

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Experienced marksman Eleazar Rodgers, who has netted three goals in his last four league games, will be hoping to continue his scoring form and help Stars stun Pirates.

Match Preview

In head-to-head stats since 1986, Stars and Pirates have clashed in 58 league matches.

Bucs have dominated winning 27 games compared to nine for Ea Lla Koto, while 22 matches have been drawn.

Pirates emerged 3-1 winners against Stars in the first round clash in Bethlehem earlier this season.