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Bucs’ Clever Game Plan

Orlando Pirates tactics to diffuse league aspirations ambition working?

By Mkhize - Apr 26, 2018 06:50 PM

Orlando Pirates have repeatedly come out to declare that winning the league title would be a bonus on top of what has already been a successful season following two seasons where the Buccaneers finished outside the top five.

From the last five league games the Soweto Giants have emerged as the only realistic contenders for the league title with cross city rivals Mamelodi Sundowns looking favourite to bag the PSL trophy.

However, following last night’s round of league games Pirates manged to put four past Bidvest Wits while Sundowns only managed a draw against Maritzburg United once again putting the Soweto Giants in touching distance of the Brazilians.

With only two game remaining in the league Pirates have achieved 52 points meaning that they have qualified for the Champions League as third place Maritzburg can only finish the league with 49 points which won’t give them enough to surpass Pirates.

Pirates will have to finish off the season with 58 points and hope that Sundown who are on 56 points falter in their last two remaining league games of the season.

Sundowns last two remaining games are firstly against a desperate Ajax side who will be looking at avoiding the play-offs by gaining maximum points. The Tshwane side has historically dominated the fixtures against the team from the Cape having won three of the previous six encounters and drawing twice as well as losing once.

Secondly, and perhaps concerning for Sundowns is that in their last six league encounters against Bloemfontein Celtic, the Tshwane side has conceded eight goals to the Free State based side.  

Meanwhile, the Pirates are away to Cape Town City then subsequently host Free State Stars to close off the league campaign.

The Sea Robbers have done well against both City and particularly have dominated five of the six league games they’ve played against El La Koto.

Based on current results Pirates have already achieved their objectives by qualifying for the Champions League and thus lifted the pressure on their own players putting it on Sundowns to not stumble in their quest for a league title.


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Tsikinosky Joined: 08 Jun 2016
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Tsikinosky Apr 29, 2018 07:35 PM
@Vamza we finished outside top 8 jst onces nt twice so yr cowditor o ngotse sebono fela
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Vamza Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Vamza Apr 27, 2018 11:15 AM
@Tsikinosky pirates has a successful season following two seasons where they finished outside top five utsho u editor andiyazi lo uyibhalile or uyibuzayo
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fisto vs zebraditor Joined: 18 Oct 2016
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fisto vs zebraditor Apr 27, 2018 11:15 AM
Pirates donkeys are trophyless finish and klaar
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Daniel Madenza Kutumela Joined: 26 Feb 2015
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Daniel Madenza Kutumela Apr 27, 2018 09:06 AM
58+3 Points from Ajax,will be good achievement
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Tsikinosky Joined: 08 Jun 2016
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Tsikinosky Apr 27, 2018 08:04 AM
@Mr S u spot on dude ths 1 downs already bagged it.
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Tsikinosky Apr 27, 2018 08:01 AM
Cowditor u mean Pirates 2 seasons finished outside top 8? U r brave enough 2 bring us false news. Yr luv 4 zebras msn't blind fold yr football knowledge. If u hv it.
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fisto vs zebraditor Joined: 18 Oct 2016
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fisto vs zebraditor Apr 27, 2018 07:47 AM
Its over Sundowns are PSL champions don't waste your time by giving yourself a false hope
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scoreman99 Joined: 25 May 2017
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scoreman99 Apr 27, 2018 02:08 AM
Dunu must brace themself with defeat
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Mr S Joined: 14 Oct 2010
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Mr S Apr 27, 2018 01:19 AM
Ajax is going to face Sundowns without Ndoro and Yannick Zakri, their situation is getting more desperate, they should just start preparing for the play-offs. Pirates should not put their hopes on Ajax.
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Mr S Joined: 14 Oct 2010
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Mr S Apr 27, 2018 01:04 AM
Stop lying to each other, Sundowns are not going to lose the league, this one is in the bag. You can write whatever you want. Just pray that Pirates comes back next season with the same form and maybe take it, but not this season.
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Bongz4bucs.. Apr 27, 2018 12:46 AM
Ajax won't be a walk in park...
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Soccer Laduma Hates me #kby. Joined: 12 Dec 2017
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Soccer Laduma Hates me #kby. Apr 26, 2018 09:03 PM
Celtics and Agax are going to give us the league while Bennie and his troops are going to make Rabbits suffer and go trophyless to the toilet.
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Soccer Laduma Hates me #kby. Joined: 12 Dec 2017
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Soccer Laduma Hates me #kby. Apr 26, 2018 09:01 PM
And Downs is going to use their desperate situation to the sword.
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scoreman99 Joined: 25 May 2017
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scoreman99 Apr 26, 2018 08:58 PM
cowditor I like how u put it a desperate Ajax
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fisto vs zebraditor Apr 26, 2018 08:49 PM
Rats always celebrate useless things instead of winning trophies mxm I give up

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