After being hammered 4-1 by Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal, Orlando Pirates will aim for a comeback when they host the in-form Maritzburg United in the DSTV Premiership.
Pirates became the main talk of South African football after being humiliated by Sundowns in a much-anticipated match. They’re still title contenders even though there’s an 11 points gap between them and log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.
The Soweto Giants have been getting good results in league matches but surprisingly lost their last league match 1-0 to Kaizer Chiefs.
There’s a slight issue in the centre of the Buccaneers midfield as they have not been very compact of latea, allowing opponents to find more space to play. Coach Josef Zinnbauer, should sacrifice off-form Thabo Monare for box-to-box midfielder Nkanyiso Zungu who’s good in covering distance in order to complement ballplayer Fortune Makaringe.
Maritzburg United hammered Chippa United’s 5-1 in their last game. They were dominant the whole game and are coming into this game full of confidence.
The Team Of Choice do not sit back as they play a pressing game and Pirates could have a problem in dealing with that. They attack with wingers mostly in Tebogo Tlolane and Jose Meza who have been in form lately.
The Bucs will have to play without Thulani Hlatshwayo and Gabadinho Mhango who are suspended.
Last five games comparison:
Maritzburg: W-3, D-2
Pirates : W-3, D-1, L-1
The match will be played on Sunday at Orlando Stadium with Kick Off at 18:30
Sinethemba Sithole’s prediction: Orlando Pirates 1-1 Maritzburg United