PSL News 13.1.2018 10:00 am

Mamelodi Sundowns vs Orlando Pirates – our predictions

Justice Chabalala of Orlando Pirates and Tiyani Mabunda of Mamelodi Sundowns  during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns at Orlando Stadium (Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix)

Justice Chabalala of Orlando Pirates and Tiyani Mabunda of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns at Orlando Stadium (Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix)

The Absa Premiership is in full swing this weekend, with the pick of the ties being the clash Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates at Loftus Versfeld Stadium today.

Phakaaathi’s Jonty Mark and Khaya Ndubane give their views on who will win this one, and why.

Why Sundowns will win (Jonty Mark, Phakaaathi Editor)

Mamelodi Sundowns have turned Orlando Pirates into an Absa Premiership punching bag over the past few seasons, beating them in all of their last five league meetings, scoring 15 times and conceding just twice.

Pitso Mosimane’s side must be relishing the opportunity to take on Pirates again at Loftus Stadium on Saturday, an arena where they humiliated the Buccaneers 6-0 last season. It was all too much for some Pirates fans, who staged a pitch invasion, and it is hoped whatever the result in this latest encounter, we do not see such behaviour again. Unfortunately for Pirates, the likelihood is that the result will be another Sundowns win, with the Brazilians setting the pace at the top of the Absa Premiership, and Pirates showing only slight improvement this season under Milutin Sredojevic.

The Buccaneers did start the New Year well, with a 3-1 win over Baroka, Luvuyo Memela and Mark Mayambela particularly impressive. The simple fact is, however, that Sundowns have proved that they can score from pretty much anywhere against Pirates, with Hlompho Kekana even netting one from around the halfway line in the first round 3-1 win at Orlando Stadium.

I expect Pirates to find the net on Saturday at Loftus, but Sundowns will find it plenty more, in another 3-1 win.

Prediction: Mamelodi Sundowns 3 Orlando Pirates 1

Why Pirates will win (Khaya Ndubane, Online Content Manager)

Statistics certainly favour Sundowns going into this encounter, but stats count for nothing when it comes to big games like this one. It always comes down to which team is better prepared on the day. Plus, this is a perfect time for Pirates to face Sundowns because they have not been impressive since the restart of the league.

They lost to Polokwane City and had to come from behind to edge lowly Ajax Cape Town, conceding four goals in two matches in the process. With Pirates looking sharp upfront following their impressive 3-1 win over Baroka FC, the Buccaneers should fancy their chances of beating the Brazilians today.

I therefore predict a win for Pirates.

Prediction: Mamelodi Sundowns 1 Orlando Pirates 2

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fixtures

Wits vs Polokwane
Ajax CT vs Baroka FC
Celtic vs Chippa Utd
Arrows vs Chiefs

results

Sundowns 1-0 Arrows
Chippa 1-1 Ajax
Baroka FC 0-2 Maritzburg
Chiefs 1-0 Plat Stars

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Mamelodi Sundowns 27 55
2 Orlando Pirates 27 49
3 Maritzburg United 27 42
4 Kaizer Chiefs 27 42
5 Free State Stars 27 39
6 Cape Town City 27 36
7 Chippa United 27 34
8 Bloem Celtic 27 34
9 Baroka FC 27 33
10 Bidvest Wits 26 32
11 AmaZulu 27 32
12 Golden Arrows 27 31
13 Polokwane City 26 30
14 SuperSport United 27 29
15 Ajax Cape Town 27 28
16 Platinum Stars 27 21

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