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Orlando Pirates vs Swallows Predictions & Tips - Stalemate tipped after 90 minutes
- Orlando Pirates vs Swallows Predictions for Saturday’s MTN8 Cup quarter-final
- Match is being played at 14:00 GMT at Orlando Stadium
- Swallows have drawn 16 of their last 19 matches
- A draw in 90 minutes is predicted in Soweto
- Betting tips, predictions and team news for Orlando Pirates vs Swallows
Pirates and Swallows backed for extra time (Getty Images)
Orlando Pirates vs Swallows Predictions
Pirates have a rock-solid defence that has barely conceded any goals of late. Swallows are a very goal-shy team with six goals netted in their last nine matches. I am tipping these draw specialists to play out a cagey stalemate in 90 minutes.
- Orlando Pirates have drawn 3 of their last 4 home matches (all competitions).
- Orlando Pirates have kept 5 clean sheets in their last 7 matches (all competitions).
- Swallows have drawn 16 of their last 19 matches (Premier Soccer League).
- Swallows have scored 6 goals in their last 9 matches (Premier Soccer League).
Head to Head
Orlando Pirates hold an 11-6 advantage over Swallows across their last 27 meetings with ten draws.
The sides drew 1-1 in both of their meetings last season.
Orlando Pirates Form
Pirates had an inconsistent 2020-21 season in the PSL and finished in third place having failed to mount a title challenge. They did lift the Telkom Knockout Cup to end a seven year trophy drought.
A 1-0 loss at TS Galaxy was followed by a 2-1 win at Baroka and 0-0 draw against TTM on the final day.
Pirates drew 0-0 in their last match against Kaizer Chiefs in the Carling Black Label Cup. Bucs lost to Chiefs on penalties.
Orlando Pirates Injuries & Team News
Pirates are still without strikers Zakhele Lepasa and Tshegofatso Mabasa after injury-hit campaigns last time out.
Defender Kwanda Mngonyama and Bandile Shandu have joined the club and are pushing for debuts. Midfielder Goodman Mosele could make his debut after his involvement at the Olympics.
Swallows finished fifth in the PSL last season after being promoted. They drew 20 of their 30 matches and were beaten just since all season.
They picked up just a single victory in their last 19 PSL matches as five consecutive 1-1 draws were followed by 0-0 stalemates against Stellenbosch and at Mamelodi Sundowns. A 1-0 loss at AmaZulu and 1-1 draw with Baroka completed the campaign.
Swallows’ preseason results have been kept under wraps with all fixtures behind closed doors and no social media coverage.
Swallows Injuries & Team News
Swallows have lost several key players in this transfer window including star defender Njabulo Ngcobo. Coach Brandon Truter has signed wingers Monnapule Saleng and Austin Muwowo on loan from Pirates and they could debut against their parent club.
Ruzaigh Gamildien will lead the attack alongside new addition Mwape Musonda having seen a transfer to Kaizer Chiefs fall through.
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