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Orlando Pirates vs Raja Casablanca Predictions & Tips - Bucs to take narrow first leg lead with home victory
- Orlando Pirates vs Raja Casablanca Predictions for Sunday’s CAF Confederations Cup quarter-final
- Match is being played at 13:00 GMT at Orlando Stadium
- Pirates have won 9 of their last 11 home matches
- A home win is predicted in Soweto
- Betting tips, predictions and team news for Orlando Pirates vs Raja Casablanca
Pirates can win at home (Getty Images)
Orlando Pirates vs Raja Casablanca Predictions
Pirates are not in top form of late with injuries playing a big part in that. Raja have also had a small dip in results of late. Pirates are a very strong home team with one defeat in 24 matches at Orlando Stadium. I am tipping a narrow home win based on Pirates’ form on their own patch.
- Orlando Pirates have won 9 of their last 11 home matches (all competitions).
- Orlando Pirates have kept 3 clean sheets in their last 4 home matches (CAF Confederations Cup).
- Raja Casablanca have won 1 of their last 4 matches (3 draws)(all competitions).
- Raja Casablanca have kept 1 clean sheet in their last 4 matches (all competitions).
Head to Head
This is the first ever meeting between these sides.
Orlando Pirates Form
Pirates are in poor form with one win in six matches and just 11 wins in their 26 league matches this season. They reached this stage after finishing second in their CAF Confederations Cup group despite winning just two of their six matches.
After a 0-0 draw with ES Setif, Pirates drew 1-1 at Swallows before losing 1-0 at Enyimba in their final CAF group match. A 3-0 home defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns followed before beating Black Leopards 3-0 as Tshegofatso Mabasa scored a brace.
In their last match, Pirates were thoroughly outplayed and gave up four clear cut chances but escaped with a 0-0 draw at Stellenbosch.
Orlando Pirates Team News
Pirates hope to finally have attacker Thembinkosi Lorch available after injury for this match. First choice goalkeeper Richard Ofori is rumoured to be back from injury but defender Happy Jele remains absent.
Pirates have a host of doubtful players all hoping to be fit to return including striker Tshegofatso Mabasa and winger Terrence Dzvukamanja. This match will come too soon for striker Zakhele Lepasa.
Raja Casablanca Form
Raja sit second in the Botola Pro League, one point behind fierce rivals Wydad Casablanca having played a match more. They reached this stage having topped their CAF Confederations Cup group with six wins and 13 goals scored in their six matches without a goal conceded.
After beating Nkana 2-0 in their final CAF group match, Raja drew 1-1 at Renaissance Zemamra. A cup exit at FAR Rabat on penalties followed before beating Maghreb Fès 1-0 as Ben Malango scored.
In their most recent match, Raja could only draw 1-1 at home with FUS Rabat.
Raja Casablanca Team News
Raja have a couple of injuries to deal with for this match. In defence, both Sanad Al Warfali and Mohamed Souboul are doubtful.
Abdelilah Hafidi should return from a knock to play in midfield but Abderrahim Achchakir has a back injury and is likely to miss this match.
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I am tipping Pirates to defend resolutely and take a narrow first leg victory against Raja Casablanca.
Best Bet: Pirates Win Full Time Result $2.00 at Bookmaker - 3 Units
Value Bet: Pirates/Under 2.5 Result/Total Goals $3.80 at Betstar Australia - 1 Unit