Absa Premiership

Preview: Orlando Pirates v CT City

2016-09-20 16:15
Tendai Ndoro (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Eric Tinkler returns to his former club when Cape Town City face Orlando Pirates at the Orlando Stadium in a Premiership encounter on Tuesday night.

For City, the honeymoon period - when the newly-formed franchise won their first two matches, against Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs - looks over.

Since edging out Chiefs 1-0 in an MTN8 encounter, City have looked rather flat and offered little threat in their two MTN8 matches against Wits (0-3 and 0-0), while also losing 2-0 up at Golden Arrows in the league.

Pirates meanwhile had to overcome the disappointment of an MTN8 loss to Bidvest Wits, but have shown promise in the league so far and with six points from two matches and are the only side (apart from Highlands Park, who have played only one league game) with a 100% win record.

Not that they had it all their own way in their last outing - a slightly fortuitous 2-1 away victory over Ajax.

What Pirates do have is a striker who can turn a sniff of a chance into goals in Tendai Ndoro, who is in sizzling form at the moment with five goals in Bucs' two league games.

The Cape side meanwhile do not have the quickest of defences, and could be in for a tough night trying to keep out the threat of Ndoro, Oupa Manyisa, Mpho Makola and Thabo Rakhale, all of whom are on top of their games.

A former Bucs striker, Lehlohonolo Majoro, has made little impact since moving to the Cape side and is due a big game, and a goal or two.

Donald Mokondelela, Gladwin Shitolo and Nkosinathi Mthiyane remain sidelined with injury for Bucs, while Justice Chabalala will undergo a late fitness test.

The Mother City club have no known casualties. Neither team have any suspensions, although City defender Vincent Kobola is one booking away from a ban.

LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on the Absa Premiership clash between Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City FC.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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