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Orlando Pirates vs Maritzburg United Predictions & Tips - Bucs to Bounce Back with home win

  • Orlando Pirates vs Maritzburg United Predictions for Sunday’s Premier Soccer League match
  • Match is being played at 16.30 GMT at Orlando Stadium
  • Pirates are 9 matches without defeat against Maritzburg (6 wins)
  • Betting tips, predictions and team news for Orlando Pirates vs Maritzburg United
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Orlando Pirates vs Maritzburg United Predictions

Pirates have been in strong form of late while Maritzburg United have a terrible record against their hosts. Maritzburg are also poor on the road so a home win is my best bet.

  • Orlando Pirates have won 9 of their last 13 matches (all competitions).
  • Orlando Pirates are 9 matches unbeaten against Maritzburg United (all competitions).
  • Maritzburg United have lost 6 of their last 10 away matches (Premier Soccer League).
  • Maritzburg United have seen BTTS Yes in 3 of their last 4 matches (Premier Soccer League).

Head to Head

Pirates hold an 18-6 advantage against Maritzburg United over the 31 meetings with six draws.

The sides last side in the Nedbank Cup in February as Maritzburg were beaten 3-1 at home by Pirates.

Orlando Pirates Form

Pirates have lost two of their last four matches having previously been ten matches unbeaten in all competitions. They sit fifth on the PSL table but are just five points off second place with a game in hand. They are chasing a place in the CAF Champions League for next season.

Pirates won consecutive league matches before playing four of their next six matches in the CAF Confederations Cup. They had two goalless draws away and two home wins as they beat Enyimba 2-1 and Al Ahli Benghazi 3-0. 

In their last match, Pirates were knocked out of the Nedbank Cup after a 4-1 thrashing at Mamelodi Sundowns.

Orlando Pirates Injuries & Team News

Pirates are missing centre back Thulani Hlatshwayo for this match and also have forward Gabadinho Mhango banned. Siphesihle Ndlovu and Vincent Pule are expected to replace them.

Kabelo Dlamini should get a start in midfield but both goalkeeper Richard Ofori and winger Thembinkosi Lorch are out injured.

Maritzburg United Form

After a run of four league defeats in a row, Maritzburg looked set to be relegated. They have since gone on a streak of three wins and two draws to move out of the relegation zone and into 13th place on the PSL table.

After beating Black Leopards 1-0, Maritzburg drew 1-1 at Bloemfontein Celtic and 1-1 with Kaizer Chiefs. A fine 2-0 win at TS Galaxy followed.

In their last match, Ernst Middendorp’s team thrashed Chippa United 5-1 having trailed 1-0.

Maritzburg United Injuries & Team News

Maritzburg United have no suspensions and a clean bill of health.

They are not expected to make any changes to the team which beat Chippa United 5-1 in their last match.

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Pirates have been in very good form so I am backing them to win. I also fancy Maritzburg to score so the BTTS market offers value.

Best Bet: BTTS Yes BTTS @2.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Pirates Win Full Time Result @2.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: Pirates Win 2-1 Correct Score @11.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit

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