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Orlando Pirates fans are expectant on Soweto Derby Day. Image: BackpagePix

Soweto Derby: Predicting the Orlando Pirates starting XI

Here’s how we think Orlando Pirates will set up against Kaizer Chiefs in the 117th edition of the fabled Soweto Derby this Saturday.

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Orlando Pirates fans are expectant on Soweto Derby Day. Image: BackpagePix

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It’s unlikely Orlando Pirates will make wholesale changes for the 117th edition of the Soweto Derby. Chiefs beware!

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Predicted Orlando Pirates XI in the Soweto Derby

Chaine; Xoki, Maela, Mako; Shandu, Timm, Ndlondlo, Hotto; Saleng, Dzvukamanja, Lorch

Manager Jose Riveiro opted for a 3-4-3 in the Buccaneers’ 2-1 win over Maritzburg last time out and should persist with that system here.

The in-form Zimbabwean striker Terrence Dzvukamanja will lead the line flanked by the ever-dangerous Monnapule Saleng and Thembinkosi Lorch. Lorch loves a goal against Chiefs. It’s likely to be a tough afternoon for whoever is selected at right back for Chiefs, having to deal with Lorch’s mischief and Deon Hotto’s dependable width from wing-back.

Having the likes of vastly experienced Kermit Erasmus and Cameroonian new man Souaibou Marou illustrates the depth at Riveiro’s disposal.

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Dillan Solomons in an enticing tussle with Monnapule Saleng (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)

Pirates in good shape ahead of the Derby

The Buccaneers have won five of their last six matches across all competitions. Amazingly, although they’re woefully out of form right now, Chiefs have won each of their last four PSL meetings with Pirates. A fifth win on the bounce in this most feverish fixture could easily be the turning point of their season. A defeat, however, is unthinkable. Where’s your money this weekend?

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