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Predicting Orlando Pirates' XI to face TS Galaxy

1:48 AM MYT 11/12/2021
Orlando Pirates players, August 2021
Bucs will play host to the Rockets in a PSL match at Orlando Stadium on Saturday

GOAL takes a look at how the Buccaneers could start as they look to return to winning ways

  • Siyabonga Mpontshane, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    GOALKEEPER - Siyabonga Mpontshane

    The 2014 Chan Bafana Bafana squad member saw his four-match run without conceding come to an end when Bucs drew 1-1 with AmaZulu FC on Wednesday.

    Mpontshane will be hoping to keep a clean sheet against a Galaxy side that has scored in each of their last six league games.

  • Abel Mabaso, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    RIGHT-BACK - Abel Mabaso

    The versatile player started in this position against AmaZulu and he produced a solid performance at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium.

    Mabaso, who has also operated as a central midfielder this season, could keep his place in the team as a right-back.

  • Paseka Mako, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    LEFT-BACK - Paseka Mako

    The man nicknamed Computer was at fault when Bucs conceded in midweek after being caught out of position.

    However, Pirates co-interim coaches Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids are most likely to keep their faith in Mako, who has established himself as the club's first-choice left-back.

  • Olisa Ndah, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Olisa Ndah

    The 23-year-old player is slowly proving to be a reliable centre-back for the Soweto giants.

    Ndah might be assigned to man-mark the in-form Wayde Lekay, who has scored for Galaxy in each of his last two matches.

  • Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Ntsikelelo Nyauza

    The tough-tackling defender has impressed with his ability to marshall the Pirates defence in the absence of Happy Jele and Thulani Hlatshwayo.

    Nyauza, who has been on the books of Pirates since 2014, will be keen to lead his troops to a win against the Rockets.

  • Ben Motshwari, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - ben Motshwari

    The hard-working midfielder is one of the reasons why Pirates are undefeated in their last five matches across all competitions.

    Motshwari's display in the middle of the park could be key to a victory over the Mpumalanga side, who are coming off a 3-1 win over Chippa United in midweek.

  • Fortune Makaringe, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Fortune Makaringe

    The Swallows FC academy product has blown hot and cold this season as struggles to produce consistent performances.

    However, Makaringe is likely to keep his place in the team with Goodman Mosele out injured, while Thabang Monare has fallen out of favour.

  • Collins Makgaka, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - Collins Makgaka

    The absence of the injured Vincent Pule has seen the emergence of Makgaka in the last few weeks as he looks to cement his place in the Bucs starting line-up.

    Makgaka grabbed his second assist of the season in Pirates' midweek draw against Usuthu and he will be looking to impress with his creativity this weekend.

  • Thembinkosi Lorch, Orlando Pirates, December 2021

    RIGHT FORWARD - Thembinkosi Lorch

    The accomplished attacker looked sharp after coming on as a substitute against AmaZulu in what was his first competitive appearance of the season.

    However, Lorch was wasteful in front of goal as he missed two clear cut chances and he will be determined to make amends by inspiring Bucs to a win over the Rockets.

  • Deon Hotto, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    LEFT FORWARD - Deon Hotto

    The former Lamontville Golden Arrows winger scored his fourth league goal of the season against Usuthu.

    Hotto, who is Pirates' top scorer in the league this term, will be confident of scoring again when he faces a Galaxy side that has kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 games.

  • Kwame Peprah, Orlando Pirates, December 2021

    CENTRE FORWARD - Kwame Peprah

    The former Faisal Kings star has failed to score in his first nine appearances for the Buccaneers.

    However, Ncikazi has backed Peprah to start scoring goals for the team with the Ghanaian frontman preferred ahead of Tshegofatso Mabasa.