An interesting fixture is on the cards as Orlando Pirates vs Cape Town Spurs go toe-to-toe with each other on Friday. These teams will battle it out for a place in the quarter-final of the Carling Knockout Cup, and it'll be interesting to see who will be left standing at the end of this clash.
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Orlando Pirates vs Cape Town Spurs
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How both teams have fared in recent weeks
Orlando Pirates are coming off an impressive MTN8 Cup triumph; as they defeated Mamelodi Sundowns on penalties after the final ended in a goalless draw.
Jose Riveiro's men had no wins in four prior matches, with three wins and a draw; they'll set their sights on a place in the Carling Knockout Cup quarter-final.
Cape Town Spurs
On the other hand, Cape Town Spurs are not exactly having the season they had hoped for. They finished second in the Championship last season, and had to go through the relegation/promotion playoffs in order to reach the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
However, Sean Connor's men have played eight league games so far, and lost all of them; they have no wins in their last nine games ahead of this tie. Perhaps Cape Town Spurs can halt their rotting streak by winning this match.
Orlando Pirates vs Cape Town Spurs probable lineups
Here's how we think these teams will line up for this clash:
Goalkeeper: Chaine Sipho.
Defenders: Bandile Shandu, Tapelo Xoki, Nkosinthani Sibisi, Deon Hotto.
Midfielders: Thabang Monare, Miguel Timm, Patrick Maswangwanyi.
Strikers: Monapule Saleng, Kermit Erasmus, Zakhele Lepasa.
Cape Town Spurs
Goalkeeper: Sam Ramsbottom.
Defenders: Nicholus Lukhubeni, Nazeer Allie, Lubeni Haukongo, Rushwin Dortley.
Midfielders: Khaya Mfecane, Morne Nel, Keagan Buchanan, Michael Morton.
Strikers: Luvuyo Phewa, Therlo Moosa.
Sean Connor is expected to adapt a 4-4-2 formation, with Luvuyo Phewa and Therlo Moosa leading the attack. On the other hand, Orlando Pirates are expected to line up in a 4-3-3 formation for this game. Jose Riveiro will likely keep most of the starting lineup from their MTN8 Cup final game.
Orlando Pirates vs Cape Town Spurs confirmed lineups
*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released
Orlando Pirates vs Cape Town Spurs head to head
It's important to point out that Orlando Pirates and Cape Town Spurs have squared off against each other on many occasions. In the last 15 years, these teams clashed 23 times.
Unsurprisingly, Orlando Pirates lead the head-to-head between these teams in that stretch, with 13 wins, six draws and four losses. It's also worth mentioning that these teams last met in February 2018; as Cape Town Spurs have played in the Motsepe Foundation Championship since then. These are the results of the last five skirmishes between these sides:
- 10th February 2018 – Orlando Pirates 2-0 Cape Town Spurs
- 31st January 2018 – Cape Town Spurs 3-0 Orlando Pirates
- 12th September 2017 – Orlando Pirates 1-0 Cape Town Spurs
- 17th May 2017 Orlando Pirates 0-0 Cape Town Spurs
- 13th September 2016 – Cape Town Spurs 1-2 Orlando Pirates
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