Bucs, Downs set for heavyweight clash

Bucs, Downs set for heavyweight clash
Percy Tau of Mamelodi Sundowns is challenged by Thabo Matlaba of Orlando Pirates during theAbsa Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates at the Loftus Stadium on 11 February 2017 ©Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday May 07, 2017. 12:30

Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns will meet in a battle of Absa Premiership heavyweights at Orlando Stadium on 7 May 2017, kick-off at 15h00.

Pirates suffered their seventh league loss of the season when they went down 1-0 away to Bidvest Wits on May 4.

The Soweto side has claimed 19 points from 13 home matches this season.

The Buccaneers are placed eighth on the Absa Premiership log with 31 points from 26 matches.

Sundowns have picked up just one point from their last two league matches after they were held 2-2 at home by Platinum Stars on May 4.

The Tshwane side has claimed 23 points from 13 away matches this season.

The Brazilians are placed second on the Absa Premiership log with 51 points from 26 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Sundowns and Pirates have met in 64 league matches since 1985.

The Brazilians have 28 wins compared to 19 for the Buccaneers, while 17 matches have been drawn.

Pirates have won 10 of their 31 home league matches against Sundowns, suffering 14 defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, the Brazilians claimed a massive 6-0 home win in Tshwane.

Pirates have not won a home league match against ‘Downs since the 2010/11 season.

Pirates’ line-up from their 1-0 loss to Wits: Mpontshane, Matlaba, Jele, Gcaba (Ndoro 71’), Phungwayo, Rakhale (Wome 77’), Sarr, Manyisa, Mobara, Makola (Qalinge 71’), Gabuza.

Sundowns’ line-up from their 2-2 draw with Stars: Onyango, Mashaba, Morena, Nthethe, Madisha, Zakri, Mohomi (Modise 77'), Billiat, Laffor, Kekana, Tau.

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