Pirates welcome bottom-of-the-log Baroka

Pirates welcome bottom-of-the-log Baroka
Mpho Makola of Orlando Pirates lines up a shot to score his teams first goal during the 2017 Nedbank Cup match between Free State Stars and Orlando Pirates at the James Motlatsi Stadium, South Africa on 08 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Apr 25, 2017. 15:00

Orlando Pirates will target three Absa Premiership points against Baroka FC at the Orlando Stadium on 26 April 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Pirates played to their 12th league draw of the season as they were held 0-0 at Highlands Park on April 15.

The Soweto side has claimed 15 points from 11 home matches this season.

The Buccaneers are placed ninth on the Absa Premiership log with 27 points from 23 matches.

Baroka saw their four-game unbeaten run come to an end as they were beaten 3-1 at Maritzburg United on April 14.

The Limpopo side has claimed 11 points from as many away matches this season.

Bakgaga are placed 16th on the Absa Premiership log with 21 points from 24 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Pirates and Baroka have met in just one previous top flight league match.

That encounter took place earlier this season, with the teams playing to a 1-1 draw in Polokwane.

Pirates’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with Highlands: Mpontshane, Nyauza, Gcaba, Jele, Matlaba, Sarr, Mobara (Wome 69’), Makola, Manyisa, Lorch (Nkosi 80’), Ndoro (Memela 83’).

Baroka’s line-up from their 3-1 loss to Maritzburg: Masuluke,Mapetho, Masenamela, Matloga (Garcia 46'), Shaku, Madubanya (Moeti 80'), Mahashe, Munetsi, Zikalala (Kgaswane 38'), Kunene, Matlakala.

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