Orlando Pirates will look to put their Caf Confederation Cup woes behind them when they resume their DStv Premiership campaign by welcoming Maritzburg United to the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday evening.
The Buccaneers will come into this fixture looking to bounce back after they surrendered the Caf Confederation Cup title to RS Berkane after losing 5-4 in a penalty shootout in Nigeria after the game ended 1-1 after extra time.
On the domestic front, Pirates currently occupy seventh place in the league standings with 40 points from 27 matches, trailing sixth-placed AmaZulu by a point, Royal AM by six points and Kaizer Chiefs and Stellenbosch FC by seven points, with three games in hand.
Maritzburg United are looking to extend their four-match unbeaten run in the league following their narrow 1-0 victory over Baroka FC after defender Clayton Daniels scored the decisive goal at the Harry Gwala Stadium this past weekend.
The Team of Choice enter the game sitting in 12th place on the league table with 31 points from 29 games, two points behind Sekhukhune United in 11th place and three behind 10th placed Marumo Gallants, with one match remaining in their season.
Coming into this match, Pirates have the edge over Maritzburg United, having secured four consecutive wins over the Team of Choice in the last five encounters between the two teams, with the previous encounter ending in a goalless draw at the Harry Gwala Stadium on 20 October 2021.
Mandla Ncikazi and Ernst Middendorp will be boosted by the fact that they’ll both have fully fit squads for the encounter with no injuries or suspensions to report from both camps.
Thembinkosi Lorch will be looking to continue his scoring form but also redeem himself after missing the penalty which led to RS Berkane clinching the Caf Confederation Cup trophy.
Friday Samu will be relishing the chance to finish his campaign off on a strong note as he looks to continue his current form which has seen him score three goals in his last six appearances.
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