The match will kick off at 19:30 South African Standard Time on Tuesday, 7 November 2023 in Soweto, South Africa.
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Orlando Pirates vs Sekhukhune United match preview
Jose Riveiro's side will shift focus back into the league just three days after a disappointing quarter-final Knockout Cup shootout defeat in Durban against Richards Bay.
The Buccaneers are in dire need to accumulate points after dropping down to 13th place in the standings having only managed nine points in the past eight league fixtures.
The MTN8 champions are winless in their last four PSL games, they've drawn and lost two games apiece in that stretch.
Pirates last league win came in the opening month of the season when they defeated Cape Town City 2-0.
However, in order for Riveiro's team to get their campaign back on track, they have to beat Babina Noko who have managed just one win in their last seven games across all competitions.
Just like their midweek host, Sekhukhune also suffered a quarter-final Knockout Cup loss on penalties at home to TS Galaxy in their last game.
Brandon Truter's outfit are placed 11th on the table after 10 games, a win on Tuesday could push them up to the top eight.
Nonetheless, that will be easier said than done in that Babina Noko are without any wins in their last four PSL skirmishes, registering three losses and one draw in that run.
Orlando Pirates vs Sekhukhune United team news and probable lineups
The 2023 MTN8 champions will be without star striker Zakhele Lepasa who is unavailable through suspension. Lepasa had picked up his fourth yellow card of the season in the team's last outing.
His absence however, creates a window of opportunity for the other forwards in the team, the likes of Bienvenu Eva Nga and Soaibou Marou.
Both players played no part over the weekend, but could have some minutes for Jose Riveiro's side as they battle for all three points at home.
Probable lineups for Orlando Pirates: Buthelezi (GK); Shandu, Sibisi, Xoki, Hotto; Maswanganyi, Timm, Lorch; Erasmus, Makgopa, Saleng.
Sekhukhune United, meanwhile, have no player suspended for match; they've recently been bolstered by the return of midfielder Siphesihle Mkhize who had not made the matchday squad for the past one month.
Collins Makgaka is a major doubt for this clash after picking up an injury in the team's cup game last time.
Probable lineups for Sekhukhune United: Sangare (GK); Mobbie, Gyimah, Cardoso, Mabotja; Mokwana, Mokotjo, Webber; Mkhize, Mosadi, Bwalya.
Orlando Pirates vs Sekhukhune United confirmed lineups
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Orlando Pirates vs Sekhukhune United 3 predictions
Both clubs have previously met three times this year; the midweek clash at the Orlando Stadium will mark the fourth time these sides lock horns in 2023.
While we anticipate a tough game for both teams, here are three predictions for the encounter:
Orlando Pirates to win
Pirates have met Sekhukhune four times in the league; the Soweto giants hold a slight upper hand between the two sides having won twice, drawn and lost once respectively.
Granted, both teams are not particularly doing well in the league so far this season, but we still fancy the Bucs to take all three points at home over Truter's men.
Orlando Pirates to score first
The 2023 MTN8 winners have found the back of the net first in two of the past three previous games with Sekhukhune United, interesting, all those encounters were at home.
With the home support fully behind the Buccaneers, we strongly back the Soweto side to open the scoring on Tuesday night.
Over 1.5 goals
Our last prediction for this skirmish is on the over/under goals market. It's important to point out that five of the six previous games between these sides have produced a scoreline of at least two goals, and we back Tuesday night's affair to end with a minimum of two goals.
Orlando Pirates vs Sekhukhune United Head-to-Head
There have been just 6 previous meetings between both sides across all competitions in the past.
Orlando Pirates have won 4 games, Sekhukhune United have won 1 game, while 1 encounter was drawn.
Both teams last met during the opening round of the MTN8 where the visitors lost in humiliating fashion. Lepasa netted a hat-trick, while Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo and Monnapule Saleng also got on the scoresheet.
Here are the results of their last five matches:
- 12/08/23 – Orlando Pirates 5-0 Sekhukhune United
- 27/05/23 – Orlando Pirates 2-1 Sekhukhune United
- 13/05/23 – Orlando Pirates 1-1 Sekhukhune United
- 04/10/22 – Sekhukhune United 2-0 Orlando Pirates
- 06/04/22 – Sekhukhune United 0-1 Orlando Pirates
Where to watch Orlando Pirates vs Sekhukhune United live and ticket update
This match will be broadcast live on SuperSport PSL. Fans can stay in touch with the action by keeping an eye on live updates posted across both team's social media page
Tickets to attend the match are available at TicketPro online and in selected outlets nationwide.
This article was most recently revised and updated 3 weeks ago