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BETTING PREVIEW: PSL, 24 APRIL

Cape Town City will push to strengthen their place inside the PSL’s top eight when they host struggling TTM on Saturday.

The Citizens made headlines during the week as they earned a well-deserved victory over Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium. Tashreeq Morris and Bradley Ralani were on hand to dent the top 8 chances of Gavin Hunt’s side.

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After an uncharacteristic lean period, the Citizens have bounced back with two wins on the trot and will be favoured to make it three against TTM.

The hosts start in seventh and will go ahead of SuperSport United, two losses in a row, if they beat TTM. The visitors earned a rare win – just their fourth of the campaign – in their last outing which was a 2-0 victory over TS Galaxy.

Despite that performance, they are just two points ahead of Chippa United, who are in turmoil and occupy the playoff/relegation spot in 15th.

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City coach Jan Olde Riekerink was full of praise for his side after they down Amakhosi but did hint that there was still some room for improvement.

“I think if you see the first half, we didn’t give away one chance and we created three big opportunities. At that moment, we should have scored more,” said Olde Riekerink.

“I thought we played ok, it wasn’t a complete performance but I think it’s also the circumstances. It was slippery and of course you play against Chiefs the spaces are not that big.

“I must give my team a fantastic compliment because I think they did a fantastic job today. They can play football and what you saw the other day could also fight for a victory. Special bunch of players. I’m very proud of what they did today. We’ve come from a very bad period and they have shown what they can do.”

The match kicks off at 5pm.

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Suggested bet: City winning at half time 2.74

Also in action on Saturday in a key clash is Orlando Pirates visit to Swallows.

The visitors start in fourth with their hosts fifth.

It has been a stop-start season in terms of momentum for Pirates, who beat Al Ahly Benghazi 3-0 before being humbled by Sundowns 4-1 in the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals.

The Buccaneers then beat Maritzburg United 2-0 to make it three wins from their last four league matches before stumbling to a goalless draw in continental action against ES Setif on home soil.

The visitors are also sweating on their ongoing goalkeeper crisis which has seen them forced to call up young goalkeeper Elson Sithole as Wayne Sandilands’ backup. Richard Ofori and Siyabonga Mpontshane are out with injury.

Midfielder Kabelo Dlamini is another absentee for Pirates as he serves a suspension.

Neutrals will be watching this contest to see if Swallows serve up yet another draw. The promoted side have nine from their last 11 matches. In all this season, they have played out 13 draws with the league record sitting at 17.

This contest also kicks off at 5pm.

Suggested bet: Pirates to win 2-1 at 10

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