Sparks will fly as Jwaneng Galaxy vs Orlando Pirates takes place on Sunday afternoon. Which of these teams will be left standing at the end of this two-legged tie?
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Our 2 teams representing in the CAF Champions League action this week.
Bumamuru FC 🇧🇮 vs 🇿🇦 Mamelodi Sundowns
🗓️15 Sep 2023
Jwaneng Galaxy 🇧🇼 vs 🇿🇦 Orlando Pirates
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Jwaneng Galaxy vs Orlando Pirates probable lineups
Here's how we think these teams will lineup ahead of this CAF Champions League qualifying game:
Goalkeeper: Ryan Brown.
Defenders: Savio Kabugo, Mphoyamodimo Keiponye, Thuso Monyama, Thabang Mooketsi.
Midfielders: Themba Nelson Dhladhla, Marcel Papama, Olebogeng Malebye.
Strikers: Lucky Mokoena, Wendell Rudath, Thabang Vicent Sesinyi.
Morena Ramoreboli will be pleased to have a fully healthy group of players to choose from; as Jwaneng Galaxy have no absentees heading into this match. The hosts are expected to line up in a 4-3-3 formation, with Mokoena, Rudath and Sesinyi leading the attack.
Goalkeeper: Chaine Sipho.
Defenders: Paseka Mako, Tapelo Xoki, Nkosinthani Sibisi, Bandile Shandu.
Midfielders: Thabang Monare, Deon Hotto, Patrick Maswangwanyi, Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, Monapule Saleng.
Strikers: Zakhele Lepasa.
On the other hand,Jose Riveiro will likely adopt a 4-5-1 formation, with Zakhele Lepasa being the lone striker. Like today's opponents, the Buccaneers have no new players sidelined ahead of this clash.
Jwaneng Galaxy vs Orlando Pirates confirmed lineups
*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released
Jwaneng Galaxy vs Orlando Pirates predictions
Prediction 1: Orlando Pirates to win
Granted, Jwaneng Galaxy have enjoyed some fine form these past few weeks; they have five wins in their last six matches across all competitions. Compared to the teams they have faced in that stretch however, Orlando Pirates will be a relatively bigger fish to fry. It may interest you to know that these teams clashed in the qualifying rounds of the CAF Confederations Cup two years ago, and Orlando Pirates won both legs. Considering the visitors are currently on a four-match winning streak, we believe they'll come out on top at the end of this match.
Prediction 2: BTTS – No
We've already established that Orlando Pirates won both legs the last time these teams met. It's also worth mentioning that they did not concede any goals in that two-legged tie. Orlando Pirates have been able to rely on their defense lately; as they conceded just once in their last four matches. At least one team failed to score in three of Orlando Pirates' last four matches, four of Jwaneng Galaxy's last six games too. All things considered, one of these teams should keep a clean sheet.
Prediction 3: Under 2.5 total goals
Our last Jwaneng Galaxy vs Orlando Pirates prediction is on the over/under goals market. While Jwaneng Galaxy kept four clean sheets in their last six matches, Orlando Pirates did not concede in three of their last four games. Given how solid these teams have been defensively, we shouldn't expect many goals in this game. On that note, we are taking the under 2.5 goals option.
Jwaneng Galaxy recent form
Jwaneng Galaxy's winning run came to an end at the hands of Vipers last month. Prior to that loss, they had won five matches in a row, keeping four clean sheets in the process. It'll be interesting to see how Jwaneng Galaxy will match-up against an in-form Orlando Pirates side.
Orlando Pirates recent form
Orlando Pirates have put up a solid run of results these past couple of months; they are coming into this match on the back of four consecutive victories, and have no losses in their last seven games. Jose Riveiro's side will look to extend their winning streak to five games, and they'll fancy their chances against Jwaneng Galaxy.
Sundowns Last 5 Matches in the CAF Champions League preliminary rounds
2022/23: Sundowns 15 – 1 La Passe
2021/22: Sundowns 4 – 2 Maniema
2020/21: Sundowns 5 – 1 Jwaneng Galaxy
2019/20: Sundowns 16 – 1 Cote d Or
2018/19: Sundowns 7 – 1 Vegeterianos
Scoring 47 and Conceding 6
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