Preview: Cape Town Spurs

Orlando Pirates have another midweek assignment as they journey down to the Mother City for a DStv Premiership clash against Cape Town Spurs on Wednesday night.

In a little under two weeks since doing battle in a cup fixture in Soweto, the two sides now lock horns at DHL Stadium with a crucial three league points up for grabs.

Form Guide 

The hosts will be looking to put an end to the free slide they have endured since gaining promotion to the top flight by clinching their first points of the season.

Having taken to the field eight times in the Premiership, the Urban Warriors have had a baptism of fire in their first season back in the higher echelons, losing eight out of eight. They have conceded a total of 17 goals in the process, only managing to find the net five times.

They have the unenviable task of attempting to turn around their fortunes against a Bucs side determined to get their league campaign back on track after a string of disappointing results.

The Buccaneers are currently 12th on the table, winless in their last three league games, and will be in search of the win that could propel them to eighth place.

They have won just twice in their seven games, with both their league victories coming on home turf, and will be desperate to avoid handing the hosts their first points of the season.

Team News 

Pirates have several injury worries heading into the clash, with goalkeeper Sipho Chaine and Innocent Maela on the sidelines.

The duo is among players unlikely to feature on Wednesday along with fullback Paseka Mako, who is also recovering from a knock picked up in recent weeks.

The home side meanwhile has had a boost in playing personnel with the experienced Bradley Ralani recently unveiled as a new signing. 

Key Players 

Olisa Ndah (Orlando Pirates): The 25-year-old has hit the ground running since returning to action after a long lay-off, and continues to be a calm presence at the back. Ndah possesses outstanding situational awareness and great technical ability, keeping things under control in defence.

Luvuyo Phewa (Cape Town Spurs): The highly-rated Phewa is enjoying regular top-flight football in the Mother City and has become an integral part of the Cape side’s attack. He has mainly been deployed in a central role behind the forwards while also capable of operating out wide on the left.

Head-to-Head 

Second-half goals from Tapelo Xoki and Kermit Erasmus handed Pirates a 2-0 win when they faced Spurs in the Carling Knockout Cup earlier in the month. This was the first meeting between the two sides since the Cape outfit’s relegation from the top flight in 2018.

The Urban Warriors were victorious the last time they met the Buccaneers in the league, winning 3-0 at home to avenge their 1-0 defeat at Orlando Stadium early in the campaign.

Pirates do however boast a dominant record in the fixture, winning 15 of the last 28 league games played and falling to defeat five times while eight matches have finished in a stalemate.

How to Watch Orlando Pirates vs Cape Town Spurs

The game kicks off at 19:30 and will be televised live on SuperSport PSL. You can also follow the action by keeping an eye on live updates shared across Orlando Pirates social media platforms, including the Club’s official mobile app.

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