Maritzburg take aim at Pirates

Maritzburg take aim at Pirates
Rethabile Soso of Baroka FC tackled by Justice Chabalala of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership match between Baroka FC and Orlando Pirates at the Loftus Stadium in Pretoria on the 30 November 2016©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

by BackPageTXT

Monday Dec 12, 2016. 14:00

Maritzburg United will look to claim a second successive Absa Premiership win when they host Orlando Pirates at Harry Gwala Stadium on 13 December 2016, kick-off at 19h30.

Maritzburg claimed their third league win of the season when they overcame Baroka FC 1-0 away on December 4.

The KwaZulu-Natal side has claimed four points from six winless home matches this season.

The Team of Choice is placed ninth on the Absa Premiership log with 14 points from 12 matches.

Pirates played to a second successive league draw when they were held 2-2 at home by Highlands Park on December 3.

The Soweto giants have claimed eight points from five away matches this season.

The Buccaneers are placed fifth on the Absa Premiership log with 18 points from 11 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Maritzburg and Pirates have met in 20 league matches since 2005/06.

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

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

Last season the teams played to two draws in their league meetings: 3-3 in Pietermartzburg and 0-0 in Soweto.

The teams have played to draws in their last three successive league meetings.

Maritzburg’s line-up from their 1-0 win over Baroka: Mpandle, Fransman, Onyango, Weidlich, Mngonyama, Mekoa, Maboe, Shandu, Lentjies (Van Wyk 66'), Rusike (Saal 66'), Mokate (Shabalala 81').

Pirates’ line-up from their 2-2 draw with Highlands: Mhlongo, Nyauza (Nyauza 69’), Chabalala, Jele, Phungwayo, Rakhale (Norodien 58’), Sarr, Shitolo, Memela (Makondelela 88’), Kutumela, Ndoro.

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