Tue 31 Oct 2017, 09:01
Get ready for the action when Orlando Pirates go up against Mamelodi Sundowns for an exciting match at Orlando Stadium.
Catch the action when two of the PSL’s ‘Big Three’ - Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns - face-off in an Absa Premiership clash live from Orlando Stadium on Wednesday 1 November with kick-off at 18:50.
It is a known fact that a wounded animal in the wild is a dangerous beast.
Relieved of their CAF Champions League title and on a two match losing streak in the domestic league, Mamelodi Sundowns may prove to be exactly that when they face Orlando Pirates in an Absa Premiership clash at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Tune in for the live action from Orlando Stadium on Wednesday 1 November on SS4 Super Diski at 18:30 (DStv Channel 204 and streaming live on DStv Now). Don't miss the highlights on DStv Catch Up later.
The Brazilians need to arrest a decline in their league fortunes after back-to-back defeats by Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu, leaving them stuck in 10th place on the log with nine points from six outings.
Following a goalless draw in the Soweto Derby, Pirates are still within touching distance of surprise log leaders Baroka FC (two points shy) with a 14 point harvest from nine matches.
The Buccaneers may well have built up a handy cushion at the top of the table by now had they not played in fits and starts and left a staggering 10 points on the table already with five draws in nine starts.
Bucs coach Milutin Sredojevic has had very few injury qualms in his squad, but his opposite number Pitso Mosimane has had to contend with an injury list long enough to fill an entire hospital ward.
Although Mosimane may be loath to use that as an excuse, there is no doubt it has been disruptive. Among those still on the casualty list and unable to train are Rivaldo Coetzee (foot injury), Sibusiso Khumalo (groin strain), Anthony Laffor (ankle) and Cuthbert Malajila.
Khama Billiat has relieved Mosimane’s headache slightly with a welcome return after a lengthy injury layoff. Providing he gets a nice chunk of game time, he should lighten Percy Tau’s load, who has been functioning as a lone striker.
The rivalry between the two glamour clubs has always been intense and sadly the spectre of the fan violence at Loftus which characterised their meeting in February – a clash won 6-0 by Masandawana -- looms large and still adds an element of needle among the fans.
Both clubs have fervent supporters hungry for success and particularly in Sundowns’ case, accustomed to it.
The ‘Happy People’ know all too well that they can anticipate a backlash from their Tshwane opponents, who are bound to get the sting back in their tails soon, put their CAF disappointment on the back burner and re-align their sights on another Premiership title.
Potential Game Changers:
Orlando Pirates: Wayne Sandilands, Thabiso Kutumela, Thabo Qalinge, Thabo Raqale, Thamasanqa Gabuza, Mpho Makola, Thamasanqa Sangweni, Thembinkosi Lorch.
Sundowns: Khama Billiat, Percy Tau, George Lebese, Hlompho Kekana, Anela Ngcongca, Tebogo Langerman, Themba Zwane, Oupa Manyisa.
Orlando Pirates (Last 6): Kaizer Chiefs 0 Pirates 0, Orlando Pirates 1 Platinum Stars 1, Polokwane City 2 Orlando Pirates 2, Bidvest Wits 1 Orlando Pirates 0, Orlando Pirates 1 Cape Town City 0.
Sundowns (Last 6): Sundowns 1 AmaZulu 2, Sundowns 1 Kaizer Chiefs 2, Platinum Stars 0 Sundowns 1, Wydad Casablanca 1 Sundowns 0 (Aggregate 1-1 – Casablanca won 3-2 on penalties), Sundowns 1 Wydad Casablanca 0.
Last Six Seasons:
2016/17 – Pirates 0 Sundowns 2, Sundowns 6 Pirates 0
2105/16 – Pirates 1 Sundowns 2, Sundowns 2 Pirates 0
2014/15 – Pirates 1 Sundowns 1, Sundowns 0 Pirates 3
2013/14 – Sundowns 0 Pirates 1, Pirates 0 Sundowns 1
2012/13 – Pirates 0 Sundowns 1, Sundowns 1 Pirates 3
2011/12 – Sundowns 0 Pirates 0, Pirates 0 Sundowns 0
Leading Goalscorers 2017/18 Season (Goals, Matches):
Pirates: Gabuza 3 (8), Qalinge 2 (9), Thabo Matlaba 1 (8), Bernard Morrison 1 (6).
Sundowns: Tau 2 (6), Zwane 2 (5), Lebese 1 (5), Kekana 1 (5), Billiat 1 (3).
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By Trevor Cramer