Orlando Pirates are chasing their first win of the 2018-19 Absa Premiership, but hosts don’t come much harder than Dan Malesela’s Chippa United at home in Port Elizabeth.
Tonight, 8 August 2018, Orlando Pirates visit Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium for their second match of the 2018-19 Absa Premiership.
Here are three things to expected from Pirates this evening in the Eastern Cape:
Maliele Vincent Pule to show consistency and shine
It is no surprise that Pule gets attention here. The attacking midfielder was superb on his debut in Orlando last Saturday night. Many Pirates fans who had missed the game will be anxious to watch the man their friends have been raving about. Another classy performance from Pule should establish him as a fan favourite for the rest of the season and set the tone for a successful Pirates career.
Pirates to dish out former Chippa players
There is a phenomenon in world football, where coaches often make sure to start with a player against his former club. This is often followed by a great performance from the player in question. It has been long-observed that playing against your old club is a motivator and an opportunity to prove a point. It’s a bit like running into an old lover at the mall and wanting to show them you are rather happy without them in your life. Pirates currently have eight players who once played their football for tonight’s opponents Chippa United.
Stand by Sandilands or make a change
For those who may have missed Pirates’ first game, the big talking point that slightly overshadowed Pule’s sublime performance was goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands’ howler to gift Highlands Park the lead. The veteran goalkeeper simply miss-kicked a back pass from Gladwin Shitolo that saw the ball roll into the net for an own goal. The coach has a big decision to make tonight. He will either keep Sandilands in goal as an opportunity to prove his quality to the supporters and his teammates or take him out of the team, so he can heal from the trauma and regain his confidence.
The match will be live on Supersport 4 from 19h30.
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