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Predicting Mamelodi Sundowns' starting XI to face Orlando Pirates

3:21 PM EST 2/3/23
Mamelodi Sundowns players celebrating Neo Maema's goal, January 2023
Masandawana are looking to complete a league double over the Buccaneers, but how are the PSL champions likely to line-up?

Mamelodi Sundowns will be away to Orlando Pirates in Saturday's blockbuster Premier Soccer League encounter.
Coach Rhulani Mokwena has impressively been able to make changes to his starting line-up and still be mastermind a PSL-record 14 successive victories .
GOAL takes a look at how Masandawana could start against the Buccaneers at Orlando Stadium.

  • Ronwen Williams, Mamelodi Sujdowns, November 2022

    GOALKEEPER - Ronwen Williams

    The in-form shot-stopper, who has kept the most clean sheets (13) in the league this term, looks set to make his return to the team after being rested against TS Galaxy and Sekhukhune United.

  • Thapelo Morena, Mamelodi Sundowns, September 2022

    RIGHT-BACK - Thapelo Morena

    The speedy full-back recorded his fifth assist of the season against Sekhukhune and it is the joint-most assists in the PSL in the current campaign.

  • Sifiso Ngobeni, Mamelodi Sundowns, January 2023

    LEFT-BACK - Sifiso Ngobeni

    With Aubrey Modiba and Terrence Mashego out injured, the lanky full-back has done well in the last few matches and he will be up against the in-form Monnapule Saleng.

  • Grant Kekana, Mamelodi Sundowns, 2022

    CENTRE-BACK - Grant Kekana

    The Bafana Bafana international has been a consistent performer in the Downs' defence defence this term and he is expected to get the nod ahead of error-ridden Mosa Lebusa.

  • Mothobi Mvala, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    CENTRE-BACK - Mothobi Mvala

    The tough-tackling player is among the key players who were rested by Mokwena in recent weeks and he should start having scored against Pirates in the first round league clash two months ago.

  • Teboho Mokoena, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Teboho Mokoena

    The 25-year-old was in top form before being rested with Andile Jali starting two matches in a row and Mokoena is most likely to start as he has established himself as Mokwena's first-choice midfielder.

  • Themba Zwane, Mamelodi Sundowns, January 2023

    RIGHT FORWARD - Themba Zwane

    Sundowns' long-serving attacker should captain the team and he will be hoping to lead the Tshwane giants to a record-extending 15th consecutive league win.

  • Sphelele Mkhulise, Mamelodi Sundowns, May 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Siphelele Mkhulise

    The Cape Town-born midfielder is playing some of his best football at the moment having picked up back-to-to-back Man of the Match accolades.

  • Neo Maema, Mamelodi Sundowns, January 2023


    The former Bloemfontein Celtic star has become a permanent fixture in the team and he is among those who were not dropped when Mokwena was making changes.

  • Gaston Sirino Mamelodi Sundowns.

    LEFT FORWARD - Gaston Sirino

    Mr Creativity. The 31-year-old has provided an assist in each of Sundowns' last two matches and he will be looking top continue his good form in Soweto.

  • Peter Shalulile Mamelodi Sundowns.

    CENTRE FORWARD - Peter Shalulile

    A man who loves scoring against Pirates. The 2018-19 NFD Golden Boot winner will be eager to continue his scoring form having netted in each of his last two matches.