SoccerClub writer DYLAN APPOLIS predicts Orlando Pirates’ starting XI for their much-anticipated Soweto derby clash with Kaizer Chiefs over the weekend.
The Buccaneers will be hoping to do the double over Amakhosi in the DStv Premiership after edging them 2-1 in the first Soweto derby during the 2020-21 season.
Pirates will go into this encounter at the FNB Stadium on a four-game unbeaten run in the league, with their last defeat coming at the hands of Golden Arrows on Tuesday, 2 February.
The Sea Robbers currently sit in third place in the league standings, level on 35 points with second-placed Arrows. They trail log-leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by four points.
Meanwhile, Chiefs are down in 11th place on the log with 20 points after 18 games, with two games in hand.
Josef Zinnbauer will be hoping Thembinkosi Lorch and Deon Hotto will be at their best against their rivals following their impressive form this season.
Kick-off is scheduled for 3pm.
Here’s the predicted Orlando Pirates starting XI:
Goalkeeper: Richard Ofori
Defenders: Happy Jele, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Paseka Mako, Wayde Jooste
Midfielders: Ben Motshwari, Fortune Makaringe, Vincent Pule
Forwards: Thembinkosi Lorch, Deon Hotto, Terrence Dzvukamanja.
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