Today: Pirates vs Sundowns
Orlando Pirates vs Mamelodi Sundowns: PSL live scores, kick-off time, prediction and preview
The top two teams from the last two Premiership seasons square off when Orlando Pirates host Mamelodi Sundowns at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday.
The Buccaneers were runners-up to Masandawana last season and the one before, but the 2019-20 season got off to a difficult start for Pirates and they found themselves in mid-table.
Pirates’ fortunes have improved under new coach Josef Zinnbauer and they find themselves unbeaten in their last five games (three under Zinnbauer) with a total of 11 points.
Previously, they had only picked up 13 in the first 11 fixtures of the season.
“I think the team understands my philosophy. We hope we work in the next days‚ in the next weeks and in the next months on the system. We will be better‚” Zinnbauer said following a 4-1 win over Polokwane City in Pirates’ last fixture.
Sundowns head into this game off the back of a home CAF Champions League clash with USM Alger. Their last away defeat to Orlando Pirates was all the way back in 2011 and they will hope to keep that incredible run of form going.
Both games between Pirates and Sundowns last season ended in hard-fought 0-0 draws.
Kick-off time and prediction
Kick-off time: 15 January, 19:30
Prediction: In the context of this massively important fixture, Orlando Pirates are favourites. Their expected chance of winning is 38% and even though they only win 33% of their matches with these odds, it’s worse for Mamelodi Sundowns. The Brazilians also have a 38% chance of winning, but they only win eight percent of their fixtures with these odds.