Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates headline Absa Premiership restart on Tuesday night

Andile Jali challenged by Fortune Makaringe © Backpagepix

Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates will meet for a heavyweight clash on Tuesday 11 August 2020, with the match marking the return of the 2019/20 Absa Premiership season following a pandemic-enforced recess.

Kick-off at the Dobsonville Stadium in set for 18h00.

Mamelodi Sundowns claimed a fourth straight win and closed to within four points of the league leaders when they defeated Stellenbosch 1-0 away on March 11, courtesy of a goal from Themba Zwane. The Brazilians have claimed 26 points from 11 home matches so far this season.

Orlando Pirates have failed to win or even score in either of their past two league matches, with their last outing a 0-0 draw away to Golden Arrows on March 7. The Buccaneers have claimed just 16 points from 12 away matches in the 2019/20 campaign.

In head-to-head stats, Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates have met in 70 league matches since 1985. The Brazilians have claimed 30 wins compared to 21 for the Buccaneers, while 19 games have been drawn. The Tshwane side has won 14 of 35 home matches in the rivalry, suffering 10 defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, at Orlando Stadium in January 2020, Pirates claimed a 1-0 home win thanks to a goal from Frank Mhango. The teams’ last three league meetings have produced just that one goal.

Sundowns’ line-up from their 1-0 win over Stellenbosch on March 11: Onyango, Ngcongca, Madisha, Nascimento, Langerman, Mkhulise (Maboe 26’), Kekana, Jali, Zwane (Ali Meza 72’), Vilakazi, Sirino (Lakay 55’).

Pirates’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with Arrows on March 7: Sandilands, Jele, Nyauza, Mabaso, Mako, Motshwari, Makaringe, Pule, Lorch, Memela (Mulenga 54'), Mhango (Mabasa 75').