In-form Polokwane welcome Pirates

In-form Polokwane welcome Pirates
Vincent Pule of Orlando Pirates celebrates goal with teammates during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs on the 27 October 2018 at FNB Stadium, Soweto / Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Nov 05, 2018. 11:00

Polokwane City will put their fine recent form in the Absa Premiership to the test when they host Orlando Pirates at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on 6 November 2018, kick-off at 19h30.

Polokwane have put together a seven-game unbeaten streak in the league, picking up 19 points from a possible 21 in the sequence. The Limpopo side was last in action on October 27 when they defeated Maritzburg United 1-0 at home.

Rise and Shine have picked up 10 points from a possible 15 at home this season. Their three wins as hosts have come against Baroka FC, Free State Stars and Maritzburg.

Pirates’ unbeaten run also stands at seven games (15 points from a possible 21 in the sequence) and they come into this clash having defeated Soweto Derby rivals Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 at home on October 27.

The Buccaneers have taken 10 points from five away matches this season. Their last result on the road was a 1-1 draw at AmaZulu in early October.

In head-to-head stats, City and Pirates have met in 10 league matches since 2013/14. The Buccaneers have claimed three wins compared to one for Rise and Shine, while no less than six matches have been drawn. The Polokwane side has recorded one win, one defeat and three draws from their five matches as hosts in the rivalry.

Last season the teams cancelled each other in their two league matches, drawing 2-2 in Polokwane and 1-1 in Soweto. In fact, the last six successive league meetings of Polokwane and Pirates have ended in draws.

Polokwane’s line-up from their 1-0 win over Maritzburg on October 27: Ndlovu, Nkili, Mngomezulu, Hlongwane, Motloung (Mbonani 79'), Seabi (Baloyi 61'), Manaka, Maluleke, Phiri, Ramagalela, Musona (Booi 65').

Pirates’ line-up from their 2-1 win over Chiefs on October 27: Mpontshane, Jele, Munetsi, Mobara, Maela, Mlambo (Makola 89'), Motshwari, Pule (Mako 80'), Lorch, Shonga (Mntambo 62'), Mulenga.

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