Absa Premiership

Pirates to keep pressure on Sundowns

2018-04-04 07:38
Milutin Sredojevic (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates will be aiming to keep their Absa Premiership title challenge on track when they host top-eight hopefuls Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday.

The Buccaneers have been in a rich vein of form in the PSL recently, winning four consecutive games to move up to second position in the standings, only a point behind Mamelodi Sundowns, who have a game in hand.

The Soweto giants come into the midweek clash having beaten Maritzburg United (2-1), Chippa United (4-2), arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs (3-1) and most recently Golden Arrows (2-1).

Pirates' standout performer in their last three games has been Thembinkosi Lorch, who scored in each of those victories.

Bucs coach Milutin Sredojevic spoke highly of Lorch's talent, telling Isolezwe: "I call him Lorcolinho, because he has an exceptional talent, but he is yet to reach his full potential.

"We cannot allow him to think he has reached the highest level of his talent or performance." 

Meanwhile, Phunya Sele Sele have managed respectable results in their most recent top-flight encounters, losing only once in their last four league outings, winning twice.

Celtic beat Ajax Cape Town 1-0 before a 2-0 defeat to Polokwane City. Their last clash resulted in another 1-0 win, this time against Platinum Stars.

Siwelele are eighth in the table, two points above ninth-placed Chippa and level on points with seventh-placed Baroka FC, who have a superior goal difference.

"Of course, (now) in next seven days we have games against Orlando Pirates in Johannesburg and after that AmaZulu. Both are very important for us," Celtic coach Veselin Jelusic told the press.

"We will continue to work and hopefully we come closer to top eight."

In team news, Pirates have doubts over goalkeepers Wayne Sandilands and Jackson Mabokgwane, while Bernard Morrison is still sidelined.

Celtic are without defender Wandisile Letlabika, who will miss the rest of the season.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Baroka FC v Free State Stars, New Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
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Cape Town City v Wits, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
AmaZulu v Maritzburg United, King Zwelithini Stadium 19:30
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Polokwane City v SuperSport United, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
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