Pirates aim to close the gap against TUKS

Orlando Pirates will look to keep up the pressure at the top of the Absa Premiership when they host University of Pretoria at FNB Stadium on Saturday, 30 March 2013, kick-off at 20h15.

Pirates have gone three matches without a win in the league and their last outing was a 0-0 draw away to arch rivals and log leaders Kaizer Chiefs.

The Soweto giants have won six of their 10 home matches this season and will be aiming to rack up number seven in this fixture.

The Buccaneers are placed second on the Absa Premiership log with 42 points from 21 matches.

University of Pretoria drew 0-0 at home to Ajax Cape Town in their last league outing, extending their winless run to seven matches.

The top flight rookies have won four of their 11 away matches this season and suffered just two defeats in the process.

AmaTuks are placed ninth on the Absa Premiership log with 26 points from 21 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Pirates and Tuks have met in just one previous league encounter.

That match happened earlier this season, with Bucs winning 3-1 away thanks to goals from Mbesuma (2) and Jali.

Pirates’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Chiefs: Meyiwa, Jele, Sangweni, Lekgwathi, Matlaba, Mbuyane (Segolela 21’), Manyisa, Jali, Klate, Mabena (Okonkwo 81’), Mbesuma (Chinyama 79’).

Tuks’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with Ajax: Arubi, Kobola (Lubelo 80’), Shoyisa, Bishop (Mosadi 63’), Moussono, Mkhwanazi, Ketjijere, Sekotlong (Radebe 54’), Zungu, Ngoma, Niang.