Usuthu extended their winless run to four games in the league when they drew 0-0 with KwaZulu-Natal rivals Maritzburg United at home in midweek.
The draw left Cavin Johnson's men placed 16th on the league standings with two points from seven games. They are four points behind 15th-placed Baroka FC.
They are heading into their clash with Pirates having recorded two draws and two defeats from their last four league games.
|Game||AmaZulu FC v Orlando Pirates|
|Date||Saturday, October 06|
|Time||8:15 pm SA Time|
TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch
In South Africa, the game will be shown live on SuperSport 4. You can also catch live updates on Goal.com.
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Squads & Team News
Usuthu head coach Cavin Johnson will be hoping that Mhlengi Cele regains his scoring form and inspires the team to victory over the Buccaneers.
The 1992 Coca Cola Cup winners do not have any players on this weekend's PSL suspension list.
Defenders Marc van Heerden and Sadate Ouro-Akoriko both recently recovered from their respective injuries, and they both returned to action against Maritzburg.
Potential AmaZulu XI: Mbatha, Sikhakhane, Van Heerden, Ouro-Akoriko, M.Gumede, Darpoh, Vilakazi, Sithebe, Karuru, Tade, Ntuli.
Meanwhile, Pirates extended their unbeaten run to five matches in the league when they drew 0-0 with Lamontville Golden Arrows at home in midweek.
The draw saw the Soweto giants climb up to second place on the league standings with 15 points from nine games. They are only a point behind log leaders, Bidvest Wits.
They have been in good form lately having recorded three wins and two draws. Bucs beat Baroka 2-1 in their last away league game.
Pirates head coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic will be banking on Thembinkosi Lorch, who has been in good form for the team in recent times.
Squads & Team News
Just like AmaZulu, the four-time PSL champions do not have any suspension concerns.
Left-back Innocent Maela, who was an unused substitute against Arrows after recovering from a minor injury, could start in Durban.
Potential Pirates XI: Mpontshane, Matlaba, Maela, Marcelo, Jele, Mlambo, Motshwari, Mako, Pule, Lorch, Mulenga.
In head-to-head stats, AmaZulu and Pirates have clashed in 55 league matches since 1985.
Bucs have won 24 to Usuthu's 10, while 21 matches ended in draws.
Last season, the two teams drew 1-1 at the Orlando Stadium in the first round clash, before Pirates won 2-1 at the King Zwelithini Stadium in the reverse fixture.