Can Orlando Pirates break their long winless streak?

Can Orlando Pirates break their long winless streak?
Happy Jele of Orlando Pirates during the Absa PSL game 2016/17 between Maritzburg United v Orlando Pirates at Harry Gwala Stadium, KwaZulu-Natal on 13 December 2016 © Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Apr 10, 2017. 09:30

Orlando Pirates will look to break their long winless run in the Absa Premiership when they host Maritzburg United at Orlando Stadium on 11 April 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Pirates saw their winless streak stretched to 12 league games when they were beaten 3-2 at Free State Stars on April 1.

The Soweto side has claimed 12 points from 10 home matches this season.

The Buccaneers are placed 12th on the Absa Premiership log with 23 points from 21 matches.

Maritzburg ended a losing streak in the league with a 2-1 home win over Ajax Cape Town on April 1.

The KwaZulu-Natal side has claimed 12 points from 11 away matches this season.

The Team of Choice is placed eighth on the Absa Premiership log with 26 points from 22 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Maritzburg and Pirates have met in 21 league matches since 2005/06.

The Buccaneers have 10 wins compared to six for the Team of Choice, while five matches have been drawn.

Pirates have won five of their 10 home league matches against Maritzburg, suffering two defeats in the process.

When the club met earlier this season, the Team of Choice claimed a 2-1 home win in Pietermaritzburg.

Maritzburg are unbeaten in their last five league matches against Pirates.

Pirates’ line-up from their 3-2 loss to Stars: Mhlongo, Nyauza, Jele, Gcaba, Matlaba, Lorch, Mobara (Sarr 74’), Manyisa, Wome (Gabuza 73’), Motupa (Memela 46’), Ndoro.

Maritzburg’s line-up from their 2-1 win over Ajax: Vries, Saal (Lentjies 72'), Fransman, Weidlich, Mngonyama, Onyango, Mekoa, Ndlovu, Maboe, Fillecia (Shandu 46'), Rusike.





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