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Mamelodi Sundowns vs Orlando Pirates Predictions & Tips - Traditionally tight affair to end level in 90 minutes
- Mamelodi Sundowns vs Orlando Pirates Predictions for Thursday’s Nedbank Cup match
- Match is being played at 16:00 GMT at Loftus Stadium
- Betting tips, predictions and team news for Mamelodi Sundowns vs Orlando Pirates
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Mamelodi Sundowns vs Orlando Pirates Predictions
Sundowns have been outstanding this season and have lost just once in their last 30 matches. Pirates have been in strong form too and have been defending well. These matches tend to be cagey and tight so I am tipping a draw in 90 minutes with extra time required.
- Mamelodi Sundowns have won 11 of their last 14 matches (all competitions).
- Mamelodi Sundowns have seen BTTS Yes in 6 of their last 9 matches (all competitions).
- Mamelodi Sundowns have seen under 1.5 goals in their last 5 matches against Orlando Pirates (all competitions).
- Orlando Pirates have won 9 of their last 12 matches (drew 3)(all competitions).
- Orlando Pirates have seen under 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 13 matches (all competitions).
Head to Head
These sides sit at 14-14 after 39 meetings with 11 draws.
Their last meeting saw Sundowns win 1-0 at home in January.
Mamelodi Sundowns Form
Sundowns reached this stage of the Nedbank Cup having beaten Stellenbosch 3-2 and lower division side Polokwane City 4-0 in the round of 32 and round of 16. They sit top of the PSL table having one unbeaten all season in the league.
S 1-1 home draw with Black Leopards was followed by a 0-0 draw at Al Hilal Omdurman and a 3-1 victory at TTM. Sundowns then saw a 28 match unbeaten run in all competition come to an end with a home loss to Belouizdad in a dead rubber.
Sundowns bounced back to win 2-1 at Chippa United in their most recent match.
Mamelodi Sundowns Injuries & Team News
Sundowns have injury doubts over two key forward in Gaston Sirino and Kermit Erasmus. Andile Jali remains absent in midfield so Sphelele Mkhulise could start again.
Lyle Lakay is suspended at left back which is a problem for Sundowns with little quality backup. Aubrey Modiba could deputise in that role.
Orlando Pirates Form
Pirates have had a straightforward route to this round of the Nedbank Cup as they beat lower division Uthongathi 1-0 and then won 3-1 at a Maritzburg United side who rested several top players.
Orlando Pirates won 3-0 at Chippa United before a surprise 1-0 loss at Kaizer Chiefs despite dominating the match. Bucs then draw 0-0 at Al Ahli Benghazi.
In their last match, Bucs beat the same opposition 3-0 at home.
Orlando Pirates Injuries & Team News
Coach Josef Zinnbauer hopes to have Thulani Hlatshwayo available in defence after illness but this game may come too soon for goalkeeper Richard Ofori.
Thabang Monare and Thembinkosi Lorch are doubtful in midfield. Tshegofatso Mabasa will hope to start up front after scoring in the last match whilst Vincent Pule in due a recall on the wing.
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With just two goals in the last five meetings between these sides, there is usually little to separate them. I am tipping a draw in 90 minutes.
Best Bet: Draw Full Time Result @3.50 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw Correct Score @6.50 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit