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Peter Shalulile has made a blistering start to the PSL season. Only two Sundowns players have ever struck more than five times after seven games. Image: Twitter/Masandawana

Orlando Pirates vs Sundowns: Five things we guarantee to happen

Orlando Pirates vs Sundowns is a titanic tussle between the last two MTN8 winners. There are no guarantees in life, but we’ve made some here.

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Peter Shalulile has made a blistering start to the PSL season. Only two Sundowns players have ever struck more than five times after seven games. Image: Twitter/Masandawana

Orlando Pirates are the underdogs against Sundowns this weekend but all know that football is a funny game.

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Five things we guarantee in Orlando Pirates vs Sundowns

Pirates will get a result

Although Pirates have lost their last five matches against Sundowns across all competitions, the mood in the Sea Robbers camp is good at the moment. The Buccaneers actually won the last meeting between the sides in the MTN8, a 4-3 aggregate semifinal success in 2011-12. We expect Pirates to get a positive result tomorrow.

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However, Rhulani will be extra motivated

Rhulani Mokwena will feel as though he never got a fair chance when he was at Orlando Pirates, and that’ll prove as an extra incentive for him to put one against them tomorrow. Rhulani is a smart tactician and he faces a tough test tomorrow, and that should produce a thrilling spectacle.

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Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Rhulani Mokwena
Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Rhulani Mokwena – Photo: Facebook – Everything Soccer

Ndlondlo will make his debut

It’s an exciting prospect. Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo is set for his much-anticipated Pirates debut tomorrow and he should bring extra creative spark and guile to their midfield. It’s worth tuning in to the match for this man alone. He’s scored seven goals in the DStv Premiership this calendar year, only Peter Shalulile (16) has more.

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Orlando Pirates sign Ndlondlo and Erasmus on deadline day. Image: @iDiskiTimes / Twitter

There will be goals

There’s a wealth of attacking talent on both sides, and the head-to-head history points to plenty of action in the final third. We’re backing three or more goals in the match tomorrow. Sundowns have struck 14 times in their last five meetings with the Buccaneers!

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At least one foreign player will score

Namibian hotshot Peter Shalulile is always good for a goal and perhaps his new Moroccan teammate Abdelmounaim Boutouil will fancy his chances from a set-piece, if he happens to make his debut? There’s also Chilean Marcelo Allende as a goal-scoring option.

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It should be a thrilling contest between the last two winners of the MTN8. What are your predictions? Feel free to attack me if my predictions are wrong!

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