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Soweto Derby: Predicting Orlando Pirates' starting XI to face Kaizer Chiefs

11:35 PM SGT 28/10/22
Orlando Pirates celebrate October 2022
The Buccaneers have been backed as the favourites based on their current form, but they will be without a key midfielder.

Orlando Pirates will welcome Kaizer Chiefs to FNB Stadium in Saturday's PSL encounter with bragging rights and three points at stake.

The Buccaneers have hit form as they are enjoying a four-match unbeaten run across all competitions and they have won their last two games.

Last weekend's emphatic 3-0 win over reigning PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns sent a warning to Chiefs, but Pirates will be without Miguel Timm who is suspended.

GOAL takes a look at how Bucs could start against Amakhosi.

  • Siyabonga Mpontshane, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    GOALKEEPER - Siyabonga Mpontshane

    The veteran shot-stopper has been in fine form - keeping three clean sheets from three starts and coach Jose Riveiro is most likely to hand him another starting berth ahead of Richard Ofori.

  • Thabiso Monyane of Orlando Pirates.

    RIGHT WING-BACK - Thabiso Monyane

    The attack-minded full-back, who has been a revelation for the Buccaneers this season, will be making his debut appearance in the Soweto Derby.

  • Deon Hotto Orlando Pirates.

    LEFT WING-BACK - Deon Hotto

    The Namibia international will be up against Chiefs' star winger Kgaogelo Sekgota, who has been tormenting opposition defences this season.

  • Nkosinathi Sibisi, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    CENTRE BACK - Nkosinathi Sibisi

    The former Lamontville Golden Arrows star, who has established himself as Bucs' first-choice centre-back, will be bracing himself for a battle with Chiefs' Khama Billiat.

  • Olisa Ndah, Orlando Pirates, September 2022

    CENTRE BACK - Olisa Ndah

    The talented defender has re-cemented his place in the starting line-up in the last few weeks and he is no longer being rotated with Tapelo Xoki.

  • Innocent Maela of Orlando Pirates FC.

    CENTRE BACK - Innocent Maela

    This will be the Bafana Bafana international's first Soweto Derby as Pirates captain and he will be determined to lead the team to a win.

  • Goodman Mosele, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Goodman Mosele

    The lanky midfielder is expected to make his return to the starting line-up - filling the void left by the suspended Timm.

  • Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo Orlando Pirates

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo

    The former AmaZulu FC reserve team player excelled in his role as a central midfielder against Sundowns and he might start in this position once again. 

  • Monnapule Saleng, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    LEFT FORWARD - Monnapule Saleng

    The Buccaneers will pin their hopes of defeating Amakhosi on the red-hot winger who has scored four goals in his last two competitive matches as Bucs recorded wins.

  • Fortune Makaringe Orlando Pirates 2022.

    RIGHT FORWARD - Fortune Makaringe

    The midfielder-come-attacker impressed with work rate last weekend and he could be handed another starting berth.

  • Kermit Erasmus, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    CENTRE FORWARD - Kermit Erasmus

    The experienced marksman grabbed a confidence-boosting goal against Sundowns and he will be confident of finding the back of the net when he faces Chiefs.