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Orlando Pirates will renew their rivalry with defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns in a highly-anticipated DStv Premiership showdown at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Buccaneers will go into this encounter on a four game unbeaten run after showing their fighting spirit to coming from behind and secure a 3-1 victory over Gavin Hunt’s Chippa United side at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium this past weekend, thanks to goals by Tshegofatso Mabasa, Abel Mabaso and Goodman Mosele.


Sundowns, meanwhile, cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over TS Galaxy at Loftus Versfeld Stadium through goals from Mosa Lebusa, Peter Shalulile and Thabiso Kutumela to extend their unbeaten run to four matches.

The win moved Masandawana back to the top of the Premiership standings on 10 points, while the Buccaneers are now placed fourth, level on eight points with SuperSport United and Stellenbosch FC after four games.

Goals from Ricardo Nascimento, Peter Shalulile and Lyle Lakay saw the Brazilians come out on top in the previous meeting between the two teams when they comfortably walked away 3-0 victors at the same venue on 2 May 2021.

Pirates and Sundowns will now square off for the first time this campaign when they go head to head at the Orlando Stadium as both sides look to secure their third straight victory in the league.

Key Players:

Orlando Pirates: Tshegofatso Mabasa

In-form forward Tshegofatso Mabasa will be handed a starting position against Sundowns and the Bucs co-coach Mandla Ncikazi will be keen to unleash him on Saturday. He has hit the ground running this season by scoring two goals in his first three appearances, having gone from a fringe player to a regular in the first team.

Mamelodi Sundowns: Peter Shalulile

Despite his slow start to the campaign, Shalulile has finally rediscovered his form in front of goal after finding the back of the net against Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 as well as scoring a goal each in his last two league games against Chiefs and TS Galaxy, making it three goals in six appearances in all competitions. He’s hitting fourth gear now and will be one to watch closely on the weekend.

Suggested bet: Sundowns to win 2-1

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