Stars out to claim Pirates’ scalp

Stars out to claim Pirates’ scalp
Mpho Makola of Orlando Pirates evades challenge from Mpho Matsi of Cape Town City FC during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 football match between Cape Town City FC and Orlando Pirates at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 18 February 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Mar 31, 2017. 11:00

Free State Stars will look to claim the scalp of Orlando Pirates when the teams meet in the Absa Premiership on 1 April 2017, kick-off at 18h00.

Stars have gone three league matches without a win after playing to a 2-2 draw away to Ajax Cape Town on March 17.

The Free State side has claimed 13 points from 10 home matches this season.

Ea Lla Koto are placed 15th on the Absa Premiership log with 19 points from 21 matches.

Pirates have gone 11 league matches without a win after they were held 1-1 at home by SuperSport United on March 7.

The Soweto side has claimed 11 points from 10 away matches this season.

The Buccaneers are placed 11th on the Absa Premiership log with 23 points from 20 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Stars and Pirates have met in 54 league matches since 1986.

The Buccaneers have 25 wins compared to seven for Ea Lla Koto, while 22 matches have been drawn.

Stars have won five of their 26 home league matches against Pirates, suffering nine defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, the Buccaneers claimed a 1-0 home win in Soweto.

The teams’ last nine league meetings have produced just 13 goals.

Stars’ line-up from their 2-2 draw with Ajax: Ngobeni, Tlhone, Mahamutsa, Teyise, Masehe, Dlamini, Vilakazi, Makhaula, Jantjie, Maphakisa (Thethani 66'), Anas.

Pirates’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with SuperSport: Mhlongo, Gcaba, Jele, Nyauza (Matlaba 10'), Phungwayo, Manyisa, Mobara, Makola, Lorch, Wome (Motupa 63'), Gabuza (Ndoro 75').

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