Polokwane look to end losing streak

Polokwane look to end losing streak
Tlou Segolela of Polokwane City is challenged by Ntsikelelo Nyauza of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Polokwane City on the 25 February 2017 at Orlando Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Sep 29, 2017. 16:00

Polokwane City will look to end their losing streak in the Absa Premiership when they host Orlando Pirates at Peter Mokaba Stadium on 30 September 2017, kick-off at 20h15.

Polokwane suffered a fourth successive defeat when they were controversially beaten 1-0 at Cape Town City on September 22. The Limpopo side saw Lehlohonolo Majoro score from a penalty deep in injury time to deny them a share of the spoils.

Rise and Shine must stop the rot as quickly as possible and a first home win of the season (they have taken just one point from three games as hosts), particularly against one of the early front-runners in Orlando Pirates, would be a great reprieve.

Pirates saw their unbeaten start to the season come to an end on September 23 when they were beaten 1-0 at Bidvest Wits. The Soweto side conceded an early goal and were unable to fight their way back into the game, missing out on a chance to go to the top of the log.

The Buccaneers and coach Milutin Sredojevic will be looking to improve their away form: they have yet to win on the road this season and have managed just one goal in three completed matches.

In head-to-head stats, City and Pirates have met in eight league matches since 2013/14. The Buccaneers have claimed three wins compared to one for Rise and Shine, while no less than four matches have been drawn. The Soweto side boasts an unbeaten home record in the rivalry, with two wins and two draws from four matches.

Last season the teams shared the spoils in both matches: they played to a 1-1 draw in Polokwane in the first half of the campaign, followed by a draw of the same score in the return game in Soweto. In fact, the teams have played to draws in their last four successive league meetings.

Polokwane’s line-up from their 1-0 loss to CT City on September 22: Ndlovu, Semenya, Maponyane, Ravhuhali, Tshilo, Seabi, Phiri, W. Maluleke (J. Maluleke 63'), Mngomezulu (Ndou 94'), Musona (Klaas 63'), Ramagalela.

Pirates’ line-up from their 1-0 loss to Wits on September 23: Sandilands, Maela, Nyauza, Matlaba, Dube, Jele, Nyatama, Lorch (Makola 57'), Qalinge (Morrison 71') , Foster (Kutumela 52'), Gabuza.

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