Aces welcome struggling Bucs

Aces welcome struggling Bucs
Collins Mbesuma of Black Aces is challenged by Rooi Mahamutsa of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Black Aces on 18 September 2015 at Orlando Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

by BackPageTXT

Sunday Feb 21, 2016. 07:12

Black Aces will look to end their run of draws in the Absa Premiership when they host Orlando Pirates at Mbombela Stadium on 21 February 2016, kick-off at 15h30.

Aces played to a third successive stalemate in the league as they held Ajax Cape Town 2-2 away from home on February 10.

The Mpumalanga club has claimed 21 points from nine home matches this season.

AmaZayoni are placed third on the Absa Premiership log with 36 points from 19 matches.

Pirates suffered a second successive league loss when they were beaten 1-0 at Free State Stars on February 17.

The Soweto giants have claimed 11 points from 10 away matches this season.

The Buccaneers are placed 11th on the Absa Premiership log with 23 points from 19 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Pirates and Aces have met in 34 league matches since 1985.

The Buccaneers have 14 wins compared to nine for AmaZayoni, while 11 matches have been drawn.

Aces have won three of their 17 home matches against Pirates, suffering seven defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season they played to a 1-1 draw in Soweto.

These teams have not played to a goalless draw with one another in the league since 1992.

Aces’ line-up from their 2-2 draw with Ajax: Walters, Mzava, Nonyane, Ngalo, Kobola (Khuboni 30’), Matsi, Modiba, Moon (Jayiya 71’), Mulenga (Manyama 31’), Ngoma, Mbesuma.

Pirates’ line-up from their 1-0 loss to Stars: Mhlongo, Matlaba, Gcaba, Gyimah, Phungwayo, Rakhale, Sarr, Maselesa (Mugerwa 67’), Makola (Masuku 85’), Motupa, Gabuza (Majoro 62’).

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