COMMENT: No league win since January 8! Can we read too much into Orlando Pirates' dip in form?

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Goal takes a look at the Sea Robbers dip in form as the race for this season's PSL title race hots up

Orlando Pirates' charge for this season's Premier Soccer League (PSL) title has suffered a setback in recent weeks, although they are still very much in the title race. 

The Soweto giants have failed to secure maximum points in their last two league matches which ended in draws against both Baroka FC and Kaizer Chiefs.

They had to rally from 1-0 down to secure a point in each of the two matches. 

Milutin Sredojevic, Orlando Pirates, November 2018

Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic's charges showed a commendable fighting spirit on both occasions, and perhaps this is what has kept them in the race for this long.

However, Pirates relinquished the second spot on the PSL table as Mamelodi Sundowns leapfrogged them after securing an impressive victory over Black Leopards two weeks ago.

The win helped assert the defending champions as serious title contenders as they have three games in hand and are also three points behind log leaders Bidvest Wits.

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On the other hand, Wits dropped crucial points when they suffered a surprise defeat to Highlands Park which left them four points above third-placed Pirates, who have a game in hand.

Pirates whose last league victory was against Chippa United on January 8, need to get their act together or risk falling further behind in the title race.

Micho must sort out problems in Bucs' leaky backline which is the worst defence among the top three teams with his side having conceded 18 goals in 19 games.

Furthermore,  the Buccaneers have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last five league matches - conceding seven goals in the process which reflects badly on them.

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Stephane Adam, Orlando Pirates, September 2018

Goalscoring also remains an Achilles heel for the four-time PSL champions, who tend to create countless chances but fail to convert in almost all their matches.
 
The club's finishing expert Stephane Adam needs to address this goalscoring problem and ensure that Bucs' goal return improves having netted once in their three games.

Chopping and changing of the starting line-up have contributed to Bucs' dip in form as the team does not have a first-choice goalkeeper, while key attackers have often been rested unnecessarily.

Team selection will also be key to Pirates' success this season as they look to end their five-year trophy drought.

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