Pirates travel to Bloemfontein to face Celtic

Bloemfontein Celtic and Orlando Pirates will both be keen for their first DStv Premiership wins of the season when they meet at Dr Molemela Stadium on Wednesday 4 November 2020, kick-off at 19h30.

Bloemfontein Celtic suffered a first defeat of their league campaign when they were beaten 1-0 at Swallows FC on October 28, with defender Ronald Pfumbidzai netting a late own goal.

Phunya Sele Sele’s previous home match was a season-opening 1-1 draw with Golden Arrows in which Victor Letsoalo scored their goal.

Orlando Pirates played to a second successive draw at the start of the season when they were held 1-1 at home by Stellenbosch on October 28.

The Buccaneers had opened their campaign with a 1-1 draw away to AmaZulu four days prior. Their goal scorers thus far have been Gabadinho Mhango and Ntsikelelo Nyauza.

In head-to-head stats, Bloemfontein Celtic and Orlando Pirates have met in 64 league matches since 1985. The Buccaneers have claimed 32 wins compared to 15 for Phunya Sele Sele, while 17 matches have been drawn. The Bloemfontein side has claimed 11 wins from 32 home matches in the rivalry, suffering 11 defeats in the process.

Orlando Pirates took four points off Celtic last season, winning 3-1 at Orlando Stadium in August 2019 before the teams played out a 1-1 draw in the return in Bloemfontein in January 2020, with goals from Frank Mhango and Siphelele Luthuli.

Celtic’s line-up from their 1-0 loss to Swallows on October 28: Chaine, Chabalala, Mahashe, Pfumbidzai, Baloyi, Njoti (Letsoalo 46'), Luthuli, Phalane (Maema 81'), Ngobeni (Mangweni 82'), Masuku (Mashikinya 69'), Tchilimbou (Motebang 69').

Pirates’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Stellenbosch on October 28: Ofori, Mako (Makgaka 87'), Jele, Hlatshwayo, Nyauza, Motshwari, Dlamini (Dzvukamanja 46'), Makaringe, Pule, Hotto (Monyane 46'), Mhango (Lepasa 46').