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Predicting Orlando Pirates' XI to face Cape Town City ahead of Soweto Derby

5:08 AM EST 3/1/22
Orlando Pirates players warming up, February 2022
GOAL takes a look at how the Buccaneers could start when they square off with the Citizens in a PSL match at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday

This encounter will be followed by the Soweto Derby clash as Pirates look to grab the bragging rights when they face their arch-rivals, Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

  • Siyabonga Mpontshane, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    GOALKEEPER - Siyabonga Mpontshane

    The man nicknamed Mpintshi Mpontsho will be under pressure to keep a clean sheet having conceded four goals in Pirates' last two matches which were against Libya's Al-Ittihad and Royal Leopards of Eswatini in the Confederation Cup.

  • Bandile Shandu Orlando Pirates

    RIGHT-BACK - Bandile Shandu

    The attack-minded full-back is probably the most in-form Pirates player at the moment having netted four goals in his last four matches and he is currently sitting at the top of the Confederation Cup's goalscoring charts with four goals.

  • Innocent Maela, Orlando Pirates, December 2021

    LEFT-BACK - Innocent Maela

    Bucs' first-choice left-back Paseka Mako was substituted against Leopards on Sunday having picked up a knock that saw Maela replace him after the restart. Mako could be rested against City ahead of the Soweto Derby with Maela being handed a starting berth.

  • Happy Jele, Orlando Pirates, September 2021


    The Pirates skipper is enjoying one of his best campaigns in front of goal having netted his fourth goal of the current season against Leopards, who are nicknamed Ingwe Mabalabala and he will be hoping to lead his troops to their second successive when they face the Citizens.

  • Olisa Ndah, Orlando Pirates, October 2021


    Having been lauded as Pirates' best centre back since Siyabonga Sangweni left the club in 2016, Ndah continues to produce consistent performances at the heart of the Bucs' central defence.

  • Thabang Monare, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Thabang Monare

    The midfield general has moved above Ben Motshwari in the pecking order in Bucs' midfield since the turn of the year and he will be up against City's inspirational captain and midfielder Thabo Nodada.

  • Goodman Mosele, Orlando Pirates, September 2021

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Goodman Mosele

    The former South Africa under-23 international's return from injury in December last year helped revive Bucs' hopes of challenging for this season's PSL title having been influential and consistent in midfield for the Soweto giants.

  • Kabelo Dlamini, Orlando Pirates, November 2021


    The 25-year-old playmaker marked his return to the Buccaneers' starting line-up with a great display against Ingwe Mabalabala as his cross led to the team's first goal, before netting a wonderful goal and he will be eager to replicate the same form when he faces City.

  • Deon Hotto, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    LEFT FORWARD - Deon Hotto

    The four-time PSL champions will pin their hopes of defeating the Citizens on the 31-year-old who has arguably been Pirates' best attacker this season having netted five goals and provided the most assists (seven) for the team.

  • Thembinkosi Lorch, Orlando Pirates, February 2022

    RIGHT FORWARD - Thembinkosi Lorch

    The Bloemfontein-born star, who seems to have overcome his injury woes, provided the assist for Pirates' fifth goal against Leopards as he looks to regain his old form which saw him scoop the 2018/19 PSL Footballer of the Year accolade.

  • Kwame Peprah, Orlando Pirates, December 2021

    CENTRE FORWARD - Kwame Peprah

    The Ghana under-23 international will be oozing with confidence after ending his five-match goal drought against Ingwe Mabalabala and he could the man to inspire the Buccaneers to a win over City.