Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns combined XI: Pule, Lakay, Mosele

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  1. Denis Onyango, Mamelodi Sundowns, January 2021
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    GOALKEEPER - Denis Onyango

    The accomplished keeper remains a consistent performer for the reigning PSL champions and he is yet to concede this season having kept three successive clean sheets.

    Onyango is the obvious choice between the sticks and Pirates will look to their second choice keeper Siyabonga Mpontshane once again with Richard Ofori out injured.

  2. Thapelo Morena, Mamelodi Sundowns, November 2020
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    RIGHT-BACK - Thapelo Morena

    The Bafana Bafana international had a slow start to the current season - looking shaky at times, but the last few weeks he has been one of Sundowns' standout players again.

    On the other hand, Bandile Shandu is still finding his feet at Pirates after joining the club from Maritzburg United and he is yet to prove that he deserves to be the club's first-choice right-back. 

  3. Lyle Lakay, Mamelodi Sundowns, November 2020
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    LEFT-BACK - Lyle Lakay

    Pirates full-back Paseka Mako has done well since he returned from injury this term and he is usually the team's livewire in the left flank. 

    However, Lakay has been class above all left-backs in the PSL thus far and many have called for his inclusion in the Bafana squad including Sundowns co-head coach Rhulani Mokwena.

  4. Rushine De Reuck, Mamelodi Sundowns, March 2021
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    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Rushine De Reuck

    Pirates' centre back pairing of Thulani Hlatshwayo and Happy Jele have looked unconvincing at times so far this season - relying on in-form central midfielders Abel Mabaso and Goodman Mosele to protect them.

    This means that De Reuck slots in easily in central defence and the Bafana international has been brilliant - starting all six of Sundowns' six matches this season - conceding just three goals.

  5. Mosa Lebusa, Mamelodi Sundowns, May 2021
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    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Mosa Lebusa

    A fit Lebusa is arguably the best central defender in the PSL and he proved this when he produced an outstanding performance against TS Galaxy last weekend. 

    Last term's PSL Defender of the Season nominee marked his return from injury with a goal and solid defensive display as Masandawana thrashed Galaxy 3-0.

  6. Rivaldo Coetzee, Mamelodi Sundowns, January 2021
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    CENTRAL MIDFIEDER - Rivaldo Coetzee

    The gifted player has been excellent as a defensive midfielder and he has picked up three Man of the Match accolades this season. 

    Abel Mabaso has also been brilliant, but Coetzee's quality and consistency give him the edge over the Pirates defensive midfielder. 

  7. Goodman Mosele, Orlando Pirates, August 2021
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    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Goodman Mosele

    The 21-year-old midfield maestro knew that he had big shoes to fill in the absence of Ben Motshwari at Pirates, but he has blown away many with his superb performances. 

    Mosele has quickly become the heartbeat of Bucs' midfield - impressing with his ability to score goals from midfield and his current form gives him the edge over Sundowns' Andile Jali.  

  8. Themba Zwane, Mamelodi Sundowns, November 2020
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    RIGHT MIDFIELDER - Themba Zwane

    The two-time PSL Midfielder of the Season is still the man who makes Sundowns tick in the final third.

    Zwane is one of the stars of this combined XI and his ability to create and score goals from midfield make him undoubtedly the best-attacking midfielder in the country. 

  9. Vincent Pule, Orlando Pirates, April 2021
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    LEFT MIDFIELDER - Vincent Pule

    With key attackers Thembinkosi Lorch out injured, Pule has had to raise his game and he has surely been Pirates' best attacker. 

    Pule, who has recorded two assists in the last two games, gets the nod ahead of Gaston Sirino with the Sundowns attacking midfielder yet to rediscover his old form.

  10. Peter Shalulile
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    CENTRE FORWARD - Peter Shalulile

    Shalulile is coming into this encounter in good scoring form having found the back in each of his last two matches for the Tshwane giants.

    The reigning PSL Footballer of the Year, who remains among the best players in the country, partners with Tshegofatso Mabasa upfront.

  11. Tshegofatso Mabasa, Orlando Pirates, November 2020
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    CENTRE FORWARD - Tshegofatso Mabasa

    Mabasa leads the combined XI attack alongside Shalulile having regained his place in the Pirates starting line-up in recent weeks. 

    The Pirates marksman has netted two goals in his last two matches and he deserves his place in the combined XI.