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Original Soweto Derby: Orlando Pirates Predicted XI to face Swallows FC

7:55 PM GMT 13/12/2021
Orlando Pirates training.
The Buccaneers will be keen to stay in the top three with victory for a second-straight game

Orlando Pirates will make a short trip to Dobsonville Stadium to tackle Soweto rivals Swallows FC on Tuesday.

GOAL predicts how the Pirates coaches will select their starting line-up:

  • Siyabonga Mpontshane, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    GOALKEEPER - Siyabonga Mpontshane

    With Richard Ofori not expected to be back this year, Mpontshane should start his 14th match this season on Tuesday.

    He kept a clean sheet in the last match against TS Galaxy and it was his sixth match to do so.

  • Bandile Shandu Orlando Pirates

    RIGHT-BACK - Bandile Shandu

    The 26-year-old goes into this match high in confidence after grabbing Pirates' opening goal in the 2-0 win over TS Galaxy last weekend.

    Having featured in all 15 league games, he arrived from Maritzburg United during pre-season to become a solution to the problems the Buccaneers faced at right-back.

  • Paseka Mako, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    LEFT-BACK - Paseka Mako

    Just like the right-back position where Pirates struggled for a regular player last season, the left-back was also problematic but Mako has cemented himself in that role.

    He has started 13 of their 15 league games.

  • Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Ntsikelelo Nyauza

    Since his return to the starting line-up following injuries to captain Happy Jele and Thulani Hlatswhayo, Nyauza has been the team's leader.

    Together with Olisa Ndah, they have been steely at the back.

  • Olisa Ndah, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Olisa Ndah

    The lanky Nigerian defender's formidable partnership with Nyauza has seen Pirates avoiding defeat in their last five games.

    In those matches, they have kept four clean sheets.

  • Thabang Monare, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Thabang Monare

    The 32-year-old has started four times but after an impressive showing against TS Galaxy, he is likely to retain his place in midfield.

  • Ben Motshwari, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Ben Motshwari

    He came on as a substitute just after the hour mark in their last game.

    Since returning from suspension by the club, Motshwari has been slowly been getting back to his best.

  • Collins Makgaka, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - Collins Makgaka

    The former Baroka FC midfielder is enjoying an improved season and goes into this match on a high after he grabbed Pirates' second goal against TS Galaxy.

    It was the second time for him to find the back of the net this term in nine appearances which included six starts.

  • Deon Hotto, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    LEFT MIDFIELDER - Deon Hotto

    The Namibian is Pirates' top-scorer this season with four goals.

    Hotto has been thriving on his speed and is expected to stretch the Baroka defence on Tuesday.

  • Thembinkosi Lorch, Orlando Pirates, December 2021

    RIGHT MIDFIELDER - Thembinkosi Lorch

    After recovering from a shoulder injury and coming on as a substitute in Pirates' last two games, it will not be surprising to see Lorch starting in this Original Soweto Derby.

  • Tshegofatso Mabasa of Orlando Pirates and Lubeni Haukongo of Chippa United, September 2021

    CENTRE-FORWARD - Tshegofatso Mabasa

    Pirates have been struggling upfront where they have no regular scorer.

    Mabasa would be keen to rebuild himself as a trusted forward and improve from the two goals he has managed in 11 appearances.