All eyes will be on Orlando Stadium as Orlando Pirates vs Jwaneng Galaxy trade tackles in the CAF Champions League on Friday night.
The match is a second-round reverse fixture in which both teams will bid for a place in the group stage. Kick-off is set at 19:30 South African Standard Time, on 29 September 2023.
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Jwaneng Galaxy defeated the Buccaneers 1-0 from a Daniel Msendami strike in the first half of the previous leg to ensure Galaxy picked up their first win over the South African side in their third meeting and an advantage going into the second leg.
Pirates will now fight to overturn the deficit at home to advance to the CAF Champions League group stage.
Orlando Pirates vs Jwaneng Galaxy probable lineups
Here's how we think these teams will line up ahead of this CAF Champions League second-round qualifying game:
Goalkeeper: Chaine Sipho.
Defenders: Paseka Mako, Tapelo Xoki, Nkosinathi Sibisi, Bandile Shandu.
Midfielders: Thabang Monare, Deon Hotto, Patrick Maswangwanyi, Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo
Forwards: Zakhele Lepasa, Monnapule Saleng
Jose Riveiro has a healthy squad, as no new player is sidelined ahead of this clash.
Goalkeeper: Ryan Brown.
Defenders: Savio Kabugo, Mphoyamodimo Keiponye, Thuso Monyama, Thabang Mooketsi.
Midfielders: Themba Nelson Dhladhla, Marcel Papama, Olebogeng Malebye.
Forwards: Lucky Mokoena, Wendell Rudath, Thabang Vicent Sesinyi.
Morena Ramoreboli will be pleased too as his side have no absentees heading into this match. The visitors are expected to fight to the finish line, with Mokoena, Rudath and Sesinyi leading the attack.
Orlando Pirates vs Jwaneng Galaxy confirmed lineups
*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released
Orlando Pirates vs Jwaneng Galaxy predictions
This game will be particularly tough for both teams, who will do everything to be in the lucrative CAF Champions League group stage. However, this is how we predict the encounter.
Prediction 1: Orlando Pirates to win
Although Jwaneng Galaxy have enjoyed some fine form in their last couple of games, they have six wins in their last seven matches across all competitions.
However, compared to the teams they have faced in that stretch, Pirates will be a relatively tough nut to take anything away from, especially playing at home.
To be fair, Riveiro's side have lost all their last three games ahead of this clash but we feel they will bounce back and come out on top at the end of this match.
Prediction 2: Both teams to score
Orlando Pirates have conceded in their last four matches and have scored once in that stretch.
On the other hand, Galaxy have scored in all their last five games ahead of their visit. This tie will be decided by goals, and Ramoreboli's outfit will come to score while the Bucs will also play to score.
This scenario creates a goal scoring outcome for both teams and we are fairly confident in this market.
Prediction 3: Over 2.5 total goals
Our last Orlando Pirates vs Jwaneng prediction is on the over/under goals market. While Jwaneng Galaxy kept four clean sheets in their last six matches, Orlando Pirates have conceded in their last four games; however, this clash will be decided by goals. I
It's worth remembering that Pirates scored three in their last home game in this competition while Galaxy lost 2-1 in their last away match in this competition. All things being equal, we expect a high-scoring result here.
Orlando Pirates recent form
Orlando Pirates have not been at their best this month, they've lost three of four games in September, a run that has cast their solid run of results a month ago.
They're looking to bounce back from the unfortunate run of losses as they host Jwaneng Galaxy on Friday night.
Jwaneng Galaxy recent form
The Botswana champions' winning run came to an end at the hands of Vipers last month. Prior to that loss, they'd won five matches in a row, keeping four clean sheets in the process. It'll be interesting to see how Jwaneng Galaxy approach an out-of-form Orlando Pirates.
Where to watch Orlando Pirates vs Jwaneng Galaxy live
The Orlando Pirates vs Jwaneng Galaxy CAF Champions League clash at the Orlando Stadium will be available on Pirates TV via YouTube.
Fans can also stream this match live as it begins through Facebook with the keyword Orlando Pirates vs Jwaneng Galaxy on the search bar.
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This article was most recently revised and updated 1 month ago