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Bucs In Line To Finish Season With Impressive PSL Record

Orlando Pirates To Finish The Season On A High

By Soccer Laduma - May 03, 2018 10:01 AM

Orlando Pirates could finish the season with an impressive record of few losses in their Absa Premiership campaign.

With the final round of league fixtures to be played on May 12, The Buccaneers remain the only team with fewer losses than any of their PSL opponents.

The loss for Milutin Sredojevic’s team to Cape Town City at the weekend was only their fifth of the season from 29 matches. 

Read: Bucs Star To Finish Season On The Sidelines? 

The 2017/18 season champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, have lost six of their 29 matches played so far this season.

Should Bucs manage to avoid a loss in their upcoming match, which will be against Free State Stars next Saturday afternoon, the Soweto giants will finish the season as the team with fewer losses for the campaign.  

Bucs will host Ea Lla Koto at the Orlando Stadium in their last match of the season. Kaizer Chiefs are currently tied with Sundowns in second place on six losses each, before the last round of league fixtures. 

Read: Pirates Issue Condolences

Prior to their match against City, here’s how Bucs’ defensive numbers looked like:

Goals conceded

Goals conceded per match

Penalty goals conceded

Headed goals conceded

Own goals scored

Shots conceded

Shots conceded per match

Shots on target conceded

Shots on target conceded per match

 24

 0.86

 1

 5

 2

 362

 12.9

 94

 3.4

The introduction of young blood in Innocent Maela and Mthokozisi Dube to Bucs' line-ups under Sredojevic, as well as reshuffling the likes of Happy Jele and Ntsikelelo Nyauza in accordance with the team's new way of playing under the current technical team, has worked well for the team. 

Musa Nyatama has been brilliant in Pirates' engine room - linking up the defence with the midfield, as well as the striking force, in defending as well as creating goals.

Another thing that has worked for Pirates is the rotation of goalkeepers - as Wayne Sandilands, Jackson Mabokgwane and Siyabonga Mpontshane - have all received their chance to play. All three shot-stoppers have contributed to the team's impressive run this season. 

However, The Buccaneers will need to work on their away form for the team to further improve, and to be serious contenders for the league and other trophies. Of the five league matches lost by the team this season, only one was at home, against Mamelodi Sundowns, while four - against Bidvest Wits, Free State Stars, Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town City were away.  


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Thagalekgwara Joined: 23 Jan 2018
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Thagalekgwara May 03, 2018 11:42 AM
Is dis a record or wat..trophiles...
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FIFA behind chiefs Joined: 24 Jan 2018
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FIFA behind chiefs May 03, 2018 11:25 AM
hahahaa editor is trying to put some smile to rats fan. whether u score 101 goals n u conceded 1 goal but if u don't have cup u r nothing
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magents02 Joined: 07 Feb 2012
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magents02 May 03, 2018 11:13 AM
Do they get any trophy or any price for that? Are you trying to write a book about that.
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dellah May 03, 2018 10:51 AM
There's no difference between rats nd zebbies no one has de bragging rights
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dellah May 03, 2018 10:49 AM
Nice words used in stead of trophiless season
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setlaboswana May 03, 2018 10:33 AM
Builders are second on the log, they must start preparing for next season than to improve on already improved work.
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mosekaphofu maggosim May 03, 2018 10:32 AM
"The season where we will get silverware" Abuti
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wash & wear Joined: 27 Oct 2017
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wash & wear May 03, 2018 10:05 AM
useless stats without a cup
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wash & wear May 03, 2018 10:05 AM
useless stats without a cup

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