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THE BREAKDOWN: What To Expect From Pirates This Season

Previewing Orlando Pirates' 2017/18 season

By Kyle Smith - Sep 02, 2017 02:57 PM @KyleLaduma

Now that the 2017/18 season is underway, we take a look at what little league action we’ve seen and identify what key areas of the game have changed and what has stayed the same at Orlando Pirates.

Read more: Ins & Outs At Pirates

Pirates found themselves fall outside of the top eight last season and drastic changes have been made in the form of a new coach, Milutin Sredojevic, a new assistant, Rhulani Mokwena and a host of new players, such as Thamsanqa Sangweni, Musa Nyatama and Wayne Sandilands.

It may be too early to tell, with just two games against Chippa United and Baroka FC taking place to date, but a number of changes have been made and fans will be hoping that they have been for the better. A home win over Chippa and an away draw against Baroka FC have left us with some encouraging signs.

Click through the images above to see the changes in Orlando Pirates’ team statistics so far, this season.

First and foremost, Pirates defence that conceded 40 goals last season, has conceded just one thus far, which can largely be attributed to an increase in defensive actions from 12 to 15,5, conceding fewer shots and winning more ground duels.

However, that has come at the cost of attacking impetus, with relatively fewer goals scored, with the team keeping less possession, making less passes and taking fewer shots. However, their passing accuracy has remained the same and so has their shot accuracy. After all, it’s not about how many chances you have, it’s about how many you’ve scored.

Released Pirates Defender Attracts Interest

Pirates seem to have moved towards a somewhat more conservative, direct approach and it seems to have worked well for their defence. However, they will be expected to be more efficient in attack. Without Tendai Ndoro, that may be a difficult task, especially now that Ndoro has left the club, but the season is still just beginning and we have a long way to go. At least the most glaring issue, the team’s defence, seems to have found its feet under the man known affectionately as 'Micho'.

What do you expect from Orlando Pirates this season?


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Duke two Joined: 26 Jun 2017
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Duke two Sep 04, 2017 09:11 PM
If the midfielders cover the space behind them,stop losing the first ball cheaply,take advantage of counter attacks and make better decisions in front of the box.Surely Pirates can win games consistently.
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WaMahlageng Sep 03, 2017 09:37 PM
You're right Mondli.i just can't stop thinking about the fact that we still gonna stuck with useless Gabuza upfront again. Including the players that u mentioned. A striker with one goal gir an entire season. .
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WaMahlageng Sep 03, 2017 09:37 PM
You're right Mondli.i just can't stop thinking about the fact that we still gonna stuck with useless Gabuza upfront again. Including the players that u mentioned. A striker with one goal gir an entire season. .
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WaMahlageng Sep 03, 2017 09:36 PM
I don't understand what happened to the Manyisa' money since our chairman just decided to buy no defender
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WaMahlageng Sep 03, 2017 09:34 PM
You're right Mondli.i just can't stop thinking about the fact that we still gonna stuck with useless Gabuza upfront again. Including the players that u mentioned. A striker with one goal gir an entire season. .
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Mondli hates qhabanga Sep 03, 2017 03:16 PM
As long as the likes of makola, saar, gcaba, memela and gabuza still plays then "no progress" will be seen ("-")
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Glamour boys akaKhosination Sep 03, 2017 10:40 AM
Centre back is still a concern for Pirates against Baroka Nyauza was shaky
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KJ Gattuso Sep 03, 2017 09:21 AM
Well the buccaneers should fix the attacking side n try to play Noredeen more I think they'll c more progress
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nswanyo Sep 03, 2017 07:28 AM
kutumelo and nkosi can do Job
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stamza Sep 02, 2017 11:56 PM
position eleven
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magolide starboi Sep 02, 2017 08:58 PM
I smell a trophy tis season
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HDK 732 VP Sep 02, 2017 08:04 PM
A win against Chippa, a team they always beat and a draw against Baroka , a team they always draw against is now making Pirates people believe they have improved . Haay , number 1 .
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100% dunusa n zebra hater Sep 02, 2017 07:15 PM
My worry is our strikers firsttouch # bring one striker n a defender
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sphola weBucs Sep 02, 2017 07:07 PM
We will see this hot session
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sphola weBucs Sep 02, 2017 07:06 PM
We will see this hot session
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Nkateko Forget Chauke 2 Sep 02, 2017 06:49 PM
Pirates on fire
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LINDANI MLINDO MLAMBO Sep 02, 2017 06:09 PM
MY TEAM WILL BE IN TOP4 DIS SEASON
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Bkackisbeautiful Sep 02, 2017 05:56 PM
Our expectations is to improve yourself Buccanneer....
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Thulani Sibanda Sep 02, 2017 05:41 PM
Position six but there must play Nyauza n Chabalala cb then Mobara on the right at least bt with Gabuza up front no no no unless he works hard n improve
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Sir A one Sep 02, 2017 05:03 PM
Im expecting lots of draws if Gabuza ll be our main striker .......

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