8 December, 2023
Orlando Pirates’ DStv Premiership campaign continues with another home outing as they welcome TS Galaxy at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.
It’s the second of back-to-back home fixtures for the Buccaneers, who kick December off with a busy week that began with a derby outing on Tuesday.
They bagged all points on offer in their midweek assignment against Moroka Swallows, winning 2-0 to maintain a 100% record against Soweto rivals this season, having also edged past Kaizer Chiefs in their previous derby.
Pirates are now sixth on the log, unbeaten in their last four fixtures with 10 out of a possible 12 points collected since their most recent league defeat, which was a shock result on the road against Cape Town Spurs.
After achieving the majority of their wins this season on home turf, the Soweto Giants now set their sights on a high-flying Galaxy outfit fresh off taking a crucial step towards silverware.
The Mpumalanga-based outfit qualified for the Carling Knockout final, following their 3-2 triumph in Sunday’s semifinal against AmaZulu.
Their league form has however not been as consistent, as they head into Saturday’s clash in 11th place with just two wins in their last five games, where they have been beaten three times.
There was an injury concern over Bucs defender Tapelo Xoki following his second-half withdrawal against Swallows, but the player has since resumed training and will likely feature on Saturday.
The hosts will however be missing the experience of veteran midfielder Thabang Monare, who will only be eligible for selection in the coming week as he completes his two-match ban.
Meanwhile, Galaxy look set to continue without an experienced player of their own in Bernard Parker as he remains in recovery mode after picking up a leg injury in October.
Evidence Makgopa (Orlando Pirates): The striker’s undoubted quality has shone through in recent weeks, and he will head into Saturday’s game with his tail up after adding to his goal tally in midweek. Makgopa’s work rate and movement inside the attacking third makes him a potent goal threat, and has so far yielded some crucial goals for the Buccaneers.
Lehlohonolo Mojela (TS Galaxy): The 27-year-old has floated under the radar for most of his professional career, but will have attracted some attention after helping his side to a cup final. In his debut season in the top flight, Mojela has displayed great versatility in occupying various positions on attack with the same level of proficiency.
This fixture has produced a winner in each of its five most recent instalments, with the last stalemate between the two sides dating back to their first league encounter held in January 2021.
Since then, Pirates have bagged three wins over Galaxy in their last five encounters, with the Rockets emerging victorious twice.
Two of the Buccaneers’ three triumphs came in the 2022/23 season, where they scored two unanswered goals at home before netting through Terrence Dzvukamanja and Deon Hotto to bag a 2-1 win in Mbombela.
How to Watch Orlando Pirates vs TS Galaxy
The game is scheduled to kick off at 20:00 and will be broadcast live on SuperSport PSL. You can follow the action by keeping an eye out for live updates posted across Orlando Pirates social media platforms, including the Club’s official mobile app.
Tickets to attend the fixture are available on TicketPro online as well as selected outlets nationwide.