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Predicting Orlando Pirates' XI to face Richards Bay in PSL clash

16:50 SAST 2022/10/07
Orlando Pirates celebrate August 2022
The Buccaneers are wounded following their midweek defeat and they will be seeking redemption when they face the Natal Rich Boys

Orlando Pirates will play host to Richards Bay at the 2010 Fifa World Cup training venue, Orlando Stadium, in a PSL match on Saturday.

Bucs suffered a surprise defeat to a struggling Sekhukhune United side in a league game on Tuesday as coach Jose Riviero's side continued to blow hot and cold.

The game against Sekhukhune saw Thabiso Monyane and Richard Ofori pick up yellow cards and they will miss this weekend's match due to suspension.

GOAL takes a look at how Pirates could start against the Natal Rich Boys.

  • Siyabonga Mpontshane, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    GOALKEEPER - Siyabonga Mpontshane

    The veteran shot-stopper remains Pirates' second-choice keeper following Sipho Chaine's recent arrival at the club and Mpontshane looks set to be handed his first start of the term against Richards Bay.

  • Bandile Shandu & Tapelo Xoki, Orlando Pirates & Lindokuhle Mbatha, TS Galaxy, September 2022

    RIGHT WING-BACK - Bandile Shandu

    The hard-working full-back is expected to make his return to the team with Monyane suspended and he will be eager to impress in order to cement his place in the team.

  • Deon Hotto, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    LEFT WING-BACK - Deon Hotto

    Pirates played much better following the former Lamontville Golden Arrows star's introduction and he could be recalled to the starting line-up, replacing Paseka Mako.

  • Olisa Ndah, Orlando Pirates, September 2022

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Olisa Ndah

    The Nigerian centre back, who is available for selection after missing the game against Sekhukhune, might get the nod ahead of Tapelo Xoki.

  • Nkosinathi Sibisi Orlando Pirates 2020.

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Nkosinathi Sibisi

    The no-nonsense defender will be bracing himself for a battle with Richards Bay's lanky centre forward Somila Ntsundawana.

  • Innocent Maela, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Innocent Maela

    The Pirates captain will be determined to lead the Soweto giants to their fifth league victory of the season when they face the PSL newcomers.

  • Miguel Timm Orlando Pirates.

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Miguel Timm

    The 31-year-old couldn't stamp his authority in midfield against Sekhukhune, but Riveiro is most likely to keep his faith in him.

  • Goodman Mosele, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Goodman Mosele

    The 22-year-old was one of Pirates' better performers in midweek and he will be looking to dominate the midfield battle against the Natal Rich Boys.

  • Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    LEFT FORWARD - Ndabayithethwa Ndlondo

    The diminutive attacker, who was neutralized by Sekhukhune, will be hoping to produce an improved performance in his first home league game for the Buccaneers.

  • Vincent Pule, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    RIGHT FORWARD - Vincent Pule

    The former Bidvest Wits star featured as a substitute in Bucs' last two games as he slowly makes his return from an injury and he might be handed a starting berth against Richards Bay.

  • Kermit Erasmus, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    CENTRE FORWARD - Kermit Erasmus

    The experienced marksman is likely to be handed his second full debut for the Buccaneers with the team in desperate need of a victory.