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3 Ways Downs Can Beat Pirates

Absa Premiership log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns visit a side coach Pitso Mosimane believes always matches them pound for pound. But the Brazilians do have what it takes to return with all three points.  

The Siya crew, looks at THREE ways the Downs got to Orlando on Monday night and dent Pirates’ title hopes.  

Read: A Message To Pirates' Fringe Players 

Questionable defensive set up  

The Buccaneers are joint second with SuperSport United as the teams with the best record in this department this season, but they’ve not looked settled. Most recently coach Micho Sredojevic has persisted with playing Alfred Ndengane and captain Happy Jele in a back three, and rolls the dice to decide who joins them. That’s risky business against in-form Lebohang Maboe, Themba Zwane and new recruit Emiliano Tade. They are lucky Gaston Sirino will be suspended.

 

Goalkeeper riddle  

Will it be Wayne Sandilands, Siyabonga Mpontshane or Jackson Mabokgwane? For now, it looks like Sandilands has the No.1 jersey, but at Pirates this season you just never know. If that is the case, Hlompho Kekana will be smiling from ear to ear – remember what happened the last time the two faced off at the same venue?

 

Thapelo Morena factor

It’s a full-time job planning for Mosimane’s team because you can’t predict which of his players will be the focal point. He’s thrown a few surprises with versatile player Morena not so long ago and he may do it again. Either way, whether Morena is at right back or upfront as a striker, he poses a threat nonetheless with his speedy and eye for goal.

Read: Baxter's Bvuma Assesment 

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