All eyes will be at the Orlando Stadium as Orlando Pirates vs Royal AM lock horns in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) clash on Tuesday evening. The match will kick off at 19:30 South African time.
☠️ ⚫️ 𝗡𝗘𝗫𝗧 𝗠𝗔𝗧𝗖𝗛 ⚫️
— Orlando Pirates (@orlandopirates) August 7, 2023
Ahead of this midweek's clash, Orlando Pirates lost their first game of the new season to Stellenbosch last Saturday, a disappointing result for the side who stayed unbeaten during the pre-season.
On the other hand, Royal AM are going into this fixture after playing out a 0-0 draw against AmaZulu FC last time out.
All three points will be worth its weight in gold for both teams who will be gunning for their first win of the season.
Orlando Pirates vs Royal AM probable lineups
Goalkeeper: Chaine Sipho
Defenders: Deon Hotto, Tapelo Xoki, Nkosinathi Sibisi, Thabiso Moyanne
Midfielders: Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, Thabang Monare, Monnapule Saleng, Fortune Makaringe, Patrick Maswanganyi
Strikers: Zakhele Lepasa
Goalkeeper: Mondli Mpoto
Defenders: Shaune Mogaila, Lesego Manganyi, Mlungisi Sikakane, Thabo Matlaba
Midfielders: Shedrack Kobedi, Siphesihle Msomi, Sanele Radebe, Menzi Masuku
Strikers: Mfundo Thikazi, Mxolisi Macuphu
Orlando Pirates vs Royal AM confirmed lineups
*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released
☠️ 📋 𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗥𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗫𝗜 📋
— Orlando Pirates (@orlandopirates) August 8, 2023
Your stating XI tonight against Pirates. pic.twitter.com/56NfyJYlc5
— RoyalAM_FC (@RAMFC_sa) August 8, 2023
Orlando Pirates vs Royal AM predictions
Prediction 1: Orlando Pirates to Win
During the pre-season, Jose Riveiro's side were particularly impressive; they picked up two wins and a draw in three matches played. However, they began the season on a losing note, which makes this midweek's fixture at home a chance for Orlando Pirates to get their season back on track.
The home side have been unbeaten in this fixture in five matches played between them, with two wins and three draws. The last season's runners-up will be aiming to string their third victory over the visitors and we're backing them to do so.
Prediction 2: Orlando Pirates to Score First
Orlando Pirates and Royal AM have met five times across all competitions since 2021. In those meetings, Orlando Pirates have scored the first goal in four out of five skirmishes.
We fancy this trend to continue on Tuesday without doubts. Considering they will have their supporters right behind them, the players' morale will be high to get the first goal of the match, and from there try and get more goals.
Prediction 3: Both Teams to Score
Granted, both teams have not scored this season. To be fair, they've played just one game apiece so far.
However, this fixture has proven to be one that sees both sides scoring in the last few years. As a matter of fact, only one of the five meetings between them have not produced goals at both ends.
So, with both teams poised to score and battle for all available points, chances are this match will likely see both sides breaching each other.
Orlando Pirates recent form
Orlando Pirates did well last season, only missing out on the title due to Mamelodi Sundowns' being the better side.
Aside from their loss last week, the NedBank Cup Champions were unbeaten in the three pre-season matches played before the league kicked off. That said, this match is a chance for the team to get back to winning ways and contend for the title once more.
Royal AM recent form
John Maduka's side finished last season in 11th position, with six points above the relegation. They are not a very impressive side and have failed to win a game in their last seven skirmishes across all competitions; recording four draws and three losses.
How to watch Orlando Pirates vs Royal AM live
If you're in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa, you can catch up with actions from this match through Supersport Gotv Football, Supersport Maximo and the Supersport Premier League channel
This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago