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Maritzburg United vs Orlando Pirates Predictions & Tips - Pirates to progress in Nedbank Cup

  • Maritzburg United vs Orlando Pirates Predictions for Saturday’s Nedbank Cup match
  • Fixture is being played at 16:00 GMT at Harry Gwala Stadium
  • Maritzburg United have lost their last 4 matches vs PSL teams
  • I am backing Pirates to advance in 90 minutes
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Maritzburg United vs Orlando Pirates Predictions

Maritzburg are struggling desperately at home without their vocal supporters and sit at the bottom of the league. They won’t be focused on cup success whilst Pirates lifted the MTN8 trophy earlier this season and will go all out for more silverware.

  • Maritzburg United have won 1 of their last 11 home matches (Premier Soccer League).
  • Maritzburg United have lost their last 4 matches (Premier Soccer League).
  • Maritzburg United are 10 home matches without a clean sheet (all competitions).
  • Orlando Pirates have seen under 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 away matches (Premier Soccer League).
  • Orlando Pirates have scored 1 or fewer goals in 12 of their last 14 away matches (Premier Soccer League).

Head to Head

Orlando Pirates hold an advantage of 17-6 against Maritzburg United over their previous 30 clashes with seven draws.

Their last meeting was in January as Pirates won 1-0 away from home as Deon Hotto scored the winner.

Maritzburg United Form

Maritzburg made it to this round of the Nedbank Cup by Sekhukhune United 2-1 at home in the last round. They sit bottom of the PSL table having lost their last four league matches.

After starting 2021 with two wins, they drew 0-0 at AmaZulu before a shock 3-0 home loss to TS Galaxy and a 1-0 defeat on the road to Orlando Pirates. A 2-1 loss at Golden Arrows was next before their win against Sekhukhune United.

In their last match, they lost 1-0 at home to TTM despite lots of possession.

Maritzburg United Injuries & Team News

Coach Ernst Middendorp has put his focus on relegation survival so is expected to rest most of his first XI for the cup. Veteran defenders Clayton Daniels, Dan Morgan and Nazeer Allie could all be left out.

There could be a debut for long throw specialist Ryan Rae in midfield. Young attackers like Bongokuhle Hlongwane and Keletso Sifama could start to keep their frontline options injury free for the league.

Orlando Pirates Form

Orlando Pirates played Uthongathi in the last round of the Nedbank Cup as they beat the lower division opponents 1-0 to progress. Pirates sit 4th in the Premier Soccer League table but have been inconsistent with eight draws and just 20 goals scored in 18 matches.

A 2-1 success at home over Kaizer Chiefs was followed by a poor 2-0 defeat to Golden Arrows. The cup victory against Uthongathi and a 2-0 win against Cape Town City followed. 

In their last match, Pirates drew 1-1 away at SuperSport United. They went in 1-0 up at half time and in full control but could not withstand the pressure in the second period. Vincent Pule scored for the Sea Robbers.

Orlando Pirates Injuries & Team News

Pirates will rotate in the cup but still play a very strong team. Coach Josef Zinnbauer has injuries galore in attack as all of Thembinkosi Lorch, Gabadinho Mhango, Zakhele Lepasa and Tshegofatso Mabasa could be absent.

Bongani Sam could play at left back and teenage midfielder Azola Tshobeni is pushing for selection.

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Maritzburg United have bigger concerns that the Nedbank Cup and will rest players. I am backing Pirates to inflict another poor home result on their opponents.

Best Bet: Pirates Win To Nil Win to Nil @2.30 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Correct Score Tip: Pirates Win 2-0 Correct Score @9.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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