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Esperance v Pirates In Numbers

CAF Champions League SF 2nd leg: Esperance vs Orlando Pirates

Date & Time: 19 October 2013, 20:00

Venue: Stade Olympique d'El Menzah

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Orlando Pirates go into this crucial fixture of the CAF Champions League semi-final second leg against Esperance without the services of their skipper Lucky Legkwathi, which is a concern to the Bucs faithful considering his leadership qualities. Besides that, Esperance will try to make life difficult for Pirates as they're playing on home turf, the Stade Olympique d'El Menzah. However, coach Roger De Sa's team has been exposed to such conditions before. This is going to be a tightly contested affair, with a place in Africa's most prestigious cup competition at stake.


Esperance's stats from the 1st Leg of the CAF semi-final:

Shots on goal: 6

Entries into final third: 13

Successful passes: 215

Possession: 39%

Successful tackles: 30

Last three results:

Orlando Pirates 0-0 ES Tunis

ES Tunis 2-2 Etoile Sahel (Msakni 64`, Akaichi 86`)

Bizertin 0-1 ES Tunis (Akaichi 72`)

Key performers in CAF CL SF 1st Leg Vs Orlando Pirates:

Defender: Khalil Chemmam, 4 Tackles

Midfielder: Hocine Ragued, 43 passes

Striker: Yannick N'Djeng, 3 Shots



Averages per game for the season:

Shots on goal: 18.9

Entries into final third: 66.83

Successful passes: 333.5

Possession: 54.1%

Successful tackles: 27.9

Last three results:

Mpumalanga Black Aces 1-3 (Bacela 32`, 86`, Manyisa 90+4`)

Orlando Pirates 0-0 Esperance

Orlando Pirates 1-1 (P) Platinum Stars (Matlaba 83`)

Key performers:

Defender: Rooi Mahamutsa, 3.5 tackles per game

Midfielder: Andile Jali, 67.80 passes per game

Striker: Lennox Bacela, 3 Shots per game


Although the stats favour Pirates, when it comes to cup football, and considering the importance of the fixture, a final berth is up for grabs.

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