Pirates out to end six game winless run

Bloemfontein Celtic are out to cause an upset when they host Orlando Pirates in the Absa Premiership on Sunday afternoon at the Dr Molemela Stadium. Kick-off is at 3:30pm.

Despite playing good football against Platinum Stars in their midweek game, Siwelele came back from Rustenburg with a point following a 0-0 draw.

Celtic currently occupy fourth spot on the league table with 16 points from ten matches, only behind second placed Golden Arrows and third placed Cape Town City on goal difference.

Pirates have gone six matches with no win and are under pressure to force a win in the Free State.

Coach Milutin Sredojevic is unhappy with his side's finishing as they failed to utilise their chances against Golden Arrows last Tuesday in a match that ended 0-0.

Pirates are currently place eighth on the log table with 15 points from 11 games, but a win could see them move into the top three at the top of the table provided results in other matches go there way.

Previous Starting XI:

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Jembula, Motshegwa, Letlabika, Baloyi, Hotto, Nyundu, Phalane.

Orlando Pirates: Mabokgwane, Chabalala, Shitolo, Van Heerden, Nyauza, Matlaba, Nyatama, Qalinge, Lorch, Makola, Gabuza

Head to Head:

LAST 10 LEAGUE RESULTS

Season Result Scorers

2012/13 Celtic 1-0 Pirates Bacela
2012/13 Pirates 1-1 Celtic Segolela; Ntanga
2013/14 Pirates 2-3 Celtic Ntanga, Nthethe, Nyatama; Bacela, Jali (pen)
2013/14 Celtic 1-0 Pirates Mhango
2014/15 Celtic 2-2 Pirates Mogorosi, Ndengane; Manyisa 2 (1 pen)
2014/15 Pirates 2-1 Celtic Majoro, Erasmus; Lamola
2015/16 Celtic 1-0 Pirates Ntanga
2015/16 Pirates 1-0 Celtic Makola
2016/17 Pirates 1-2 Celtic Manyisa; Dube, Rikhotso
2016/17 Celtic 0-0 Pirates

What the teams are saying

Bloemfontein Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb:

“Yeah we can't undermine Pirates because they are not winning their games recently, they are still a good team as well,” said Tignyemb.

“They can be very dangerous in attack, but we are ready and we will fight for the points at home because it will not be easy.

“We know they are drawing their games, it’s not that they are bad, but football is like that - you win, lose and draw your games. I think they they're doing very well this season compared to their previous term, but again I am 100% sure we will do well – I am happy with our progress so far.”

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic:

“Sunday will be the clash of the teacher and the student when we play Celtic. Veselin Jelusic was my professor when I was studying. I will show him what I have learned. He’s a top class gentleman,” said Sredojevic.

"I don’t like to make more than four changes, but when you see that more than four or five players are not satisfying the standards and others are knocking - maybe I will be forced to stop being consistent and use shock-therapy so that we can see what those on the stands can do.

"People need to fight for their places, but this doesn’t mean that I am desperate. I am at peace. We will find the balance between consistency and radical shocking changes.”

Key players for Bloemfontein Celtic:

Alfred Ndengane: Ndengane will be the man to help the back four in containing the visiting Soweto giants. The aim is to close down all the attacks launched by their counterparts and he will come in handy on Sunday.

Lucky Baloyi: Baloyi will battle it out against the likes of Musa Nyatama in the heart of the park and will hope to dominate. His ability to command the midfield will be vital for their quest to win.

Key players for Orlando Pirates:

Musa Nyatama: Nyatama will face his former side and must provide some insights as far as his teammates are concerned. Facing former teammates will be a challenge though because he must set his emotions aside and do the job.

Ntsikelelo Nyauza: The defender finds himself in good positions where he can score vital goals for the club, but he must calm down in those areas and convert the chances. His runs and attack from the back will be pivotal for the team.