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Orlando Pirates vs Mamelodi Sundowns Predictions & Tips - Bucs to take a draw against misfiring Sundowns

  • Orlando Pirates vs Mamelodi Sundowns Predictions for Sunday’s Premier Soccer League match
  • Match is being played at 13:00 GMT at Orlando Stadium
  • Pirates and Sundowns are both winless in 3 matches 
  • A draw is tipped in Soweto
  • Betting tips, predictions and team news for Orlando Pirates vs Mamelodi Sundowns
Orlando Pirates vs Mamelodi Sundowns
Pirates to earn hard fought draw (Getty Images)

Orlando Pirates vs Mamelodi Sundowns Predictions

Both of these sides have suffered a dip with no wins in their last three matches. Sundowns recently thrashed Pirates 4-1 but that was a cup clash where Bucs had to chase the match. I am expecting Pirates to play defensively at home and deal Sundowns a blow in the title race by taking a point.

  • Orlando Pirates have drawn 2 of their last 3 matches (lost 1)(all competitions).
  • Orlando Pirates have seen under 1.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches against Mamelodi Sundowns (all competitions).
  • Mamelodi Sundowns have drawn 2 of their last 3 matches (lost 1) (Premier Soccer League).
  • Mamelodi Sundowns have seen BTTS Yes in 5 of their last 7 matches (Premier Soccer League).

Head to Head

Orlando Pirates hold a 15-14 advantage after 40 meetings with 11 draws.

Their last meeting was in April as Sundowns won 4-1 at home in the Nedbank Cup.

Orlando Pirates Form

Pirates have had a disappointing season and sit in fourth place, a full eight points off second place and CAF Champions League qualification. With just two wins in their last eight matches in all competitions, Pirates have hit poor form at the wrong time.

After a 4-1 thrashing at Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup, Pirates bounced back to beat Maritzburg United 2-0. A 0-0 home draw with ES Setif in the CAF Confederations Cup followed before a comeback to 1-1 draw at Swallows with plenty of chances created.

Pirates’ last match saw a last minute defeat away to Enyimba but they progressed to the CAF Confederations Cup quarter-finals anyway.

Orlando Pirates Injuries & Team News

Pirates have several injuries to contend with. Goalkeeper Richard Ofori is missing and Innocent Maela is carrying a knock in defence.

Several Pirates attackers are out injured in Thembinkosi Lorch, Terrence Dzvukamanja and Zakhele Lepasa and Deon Hotto is doubtful. A defensive setup is expected from coach Josef Zinnbauer.

Mamelodi Sundowns Form

Sundowns sit top of the Premier Soccer League but their lead over AmaZulu has been reduced to one point though Downs have two matches in hand. The side have gone four matches without victory in all competitions.

After thrashing Orlando Pirates 4-1 in the Nedbank Cup, Sundowns drew 0-0 with TTM in the Nedbank Cup before being eliminated on penalties. A hard-fought 0-0 draw at AmaZulu followed before a 2-1 defeat to Kaizer Chiefs after conceding twice in three minutes in the second half.

In their last match, Sundowns drew 0-0 against a Golden Arrows side whose pressing limited Downs to only a few decent chances.

Mamelodi Sundowns Injuries & Team News

Sundowns had Andile Jali and Sphelele Mkhulise fit to start in midfield in their last match after knocks.

Peter Shalulile and Gaston Sirino were missing up front and both remain serious doubts to face Pirates. Gift Motupa could partner fit-again Kermit Erasmus could play up front in their absence but Shalulile would be a big loss.

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Pirates will want revenge for their recent thrashing by Sundowns and I am tipping them to dent Downs’ title aspirations with a hard fought draw.

Best Bet: Draw Full Time Result @3.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw Correct Score @6.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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