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Orlando Pirates vs. Bloemfontein Celtic: TV channel, live stream, team news & preview

14:11 GMT+3 03/08/2019
Augustine Mulenga, Orlando Pirates & Given Mashikinya, Bloemfontein Celtic, March 2019
The Buccaneers are targeting a winning start against a stubborn Siwelele side at the Orlando Stadium

Orlando Pirates will open their 2019/20 Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign against Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday.

The Buccaneers are hoping to go one step further in the title race and clinch the championship, having finished as runners-up in the last two seasons.

Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic remains in charge of Pirates, but he will be under pressure to end the team's four-year trophy drought in the new campaign.

On the other hand, Siwelele are looking to replicate or improve on their previous position as they finished eighth in the league and qualified for this term's MTN8 Cup.

Former Pirates captain Lehlohonolo Seema has been appointed permanent head coach at Celtic, having assumed charge on a caretaker basis midway through last season following Steve Komphela's departure.

Game Orlando Pirates v Bloemfontein Celtic
Date Saturday, August 3
Time 18h00 CAT

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In South Africa, the game will be televised live on SuperSport 4.

SA TV channel Online stream

Squads & Team News

Pirates will play their first match since their former goalkeeper Brilliant Khuwayo was forced to retire due to a recurring ankle injury earlier this week.

However, Micho has depth in his goalkeeping department as he will choose between experienced keepers Wayne Sandilands, Siyabonga Mpontshane and new signing Joris Delle.

Bucs' key player is reigning PSL Footballer of the Year Thembinkosi Lorch, who scored a wonderful goal as Bucs overcome their arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the 2019 CBL Cup clash last weekend.

Meanwhile, Seema expressed his delight over his side's preparations for their clash against Pirates when speaking to Goal this weekend.

The retired Lesotho defender could face his former players, Bongani Sam, Tshegofatso Mabaso and Kabelo Dlamini, after the trio joined Pirates from Celtic last month.

Meanwhile, former Pirates goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane will be keen to play an important role in helping Siwelele defeat his former employers.

Match Preview

Pirates are coming into this encounter undefeated in their last 10 PSL games, having recorded seven victories and three draws.

They thrashed Polokwane City 3-0 at home in their last league encounter and they are looking to make four wins in a row at the Orlando Stadium.

On the other hand, Celtic have won three of their last four PSL matches, while the other game ended in a defeat against Highlands Park.

Seema's men ended the 2018/19 season with a 3-1 victory over AmaZulu FC at home.

In head-to-head stats, Pirates and Celtic have met 62 times in league matches since 1985.

Pirates have registered 31 victories compared to Celtic's 15 wins, while 16 games ended in draws.

The two teams drew 1-1 in their last league match, which was played at the Orlando Stadium in March 2019.