The South African Football League is back in action with another series of matches this weekend as Orlando pirates lock the horns with Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium the Saturday. The two teams have had contrasting fortunes this season and have a point to prove in this game.
Chippa United is currently 12th in the South African Premier Division and has not been at his best this season. The home side kept Cape Town City in a 0-0 stalemate earlier this week and will need to deliver a similar performance against the Buccaneers.
The Orlando Pirates have reached third place in the standings in recent weeks and will be determined to build a winning streak this month. The Bucs beat Bloemfontein Celtic to a 1-0 victory in their previous game and will want to take all three points from that game.
Chippa United vs Orlando Pirates head to head
Orlando Pirates has an excellent record against Chippa United and has won 11 out of a total of 15 games played between the two teams. Chippa United only managed three wins against the Orlando Pirates and needs to improve this week.
The previous encounter between the two teams earlier this season ended in a narrow 1-0 victory for the Orlando Pirates. Chippa United finished the game with ten men and will have to put in a better effort in this game.
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Chippa United vs Orlando Pirates team news
Chippa United have a fully fit squad for this game and can’t afford to go wrong against the Orlando Pirates. The home side is unlikely to make any drastic changes to its lineup for this game.
Thembinkosi Lorch, Terrence Dzvukamanja and Zakhele Lepasa are currently injured for the Orlando Pirates and were sidelined this week. Frank Mhango and Nkanyiso Zungu also deal blows and remain skeptical before this match.
Injured: Thembinkosi Lorch, Terrence Dzvukamanja, Zakhele Lepasa
Doubtful: Frank Mhango, Nkanyiso Zungu
Chippa United vs Orlando Pirates Predicts XI
XI predicts Chippa United (4-4-2): Ayanda Mtshali; Riaan Hanamub, Frédéric Nsabiyumva, Sandile Mthethwa, Nyiko Mobbie; Maloisane Mokhele, Sizwe Mdlinzo, Thamsanqa Sangweni, Anthony Laffor; Andile Mbenyane, Augustine Chidi Kwem
Orlando Pirates predicts XI (4-2-3-1): Richard Ofori; Innocent Maela, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Wayde Jooste; Ben Motshwari, Thabang Monare; Maliele Vincent Pule, Fortune Makaringe, Deon Kavendji; Onassis Linda Mntambo
Chippa United vs Orlando Pirates prediction
The Orlando Pirates have an outside chance of claiming the league title this season and will need to rack up a winning streak over the next few months. The Buccaneers have suffered episodes of inconsistency this season and will need to make a statement in this game.
Chippa United have struggled extensively this season and are expected to settle on the counter this weekend. Orlando Pirates are the better team right now and should be able to win this game.
Prediction: Chippa United 0-1 Orlando Pirates