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Posted: 11 February 2011 Time: 12:12 pm

Can Mamelodi Sundowns end Orlando Pirates' eleven matches unbeaten run in the League and blow the title race wide open? 

Venue: Orlando stadium Date: Saturday, 12 February Kick-off: 20h15   Coverage: SABC 1, SuperSport 4 and text commentary on KickOff.com.   TEAM NEWS:   Orlando Pirates: Injured: Mark Mayambela Suspended: Oupa Manyisa   Mamelodi Sundowns: Injured: Calvin Marlin AWOL: Katlego Mphela Suspended: None     HEAD-TO-HEAD IN PAST FIVE SEASONS:   2010/11 Sundowns 1 (Khenyeza 90') Pirates 2 (Mbuyane 35', 45') 2009/10 Pirates 0 Sundowns 0 Sundowns 2 (Mungomeni 9', Vilakazi 79') Pirates 0 2008/09 Sundowns 0 Pirates 0 Pirates 2 (Mashego 24', Modise 62') 2007/08 Sundowns 2 (Nyandoro 37', Mhlongo 45') Pirates 1 (Thwala 42') Pirates 3 (Chenene 8', Walaza 11', Mushangazhike 55') Sundowns 1 (P. Ndlovu 45') 2006/07 Sundowns 2 (Chabangu 23', Moriri 61') Pirates 1 (Manzini 14og') Pirates 1 (Lekgwathi 36') Sundowns 2 (Apataki 64', Mhlongo 62')   MATCH-UPS:   Andile Jali v Matthew Pattison They are both in contention for a place in Bafana's defensive midfield role and will be looking to climb up the pecking order at each other's expense in Pitso Mosimane's eyes.   Nyasha Mushekwi v Rooi Mahamutsa The Zimbabwean striker has scored four goals in Sundowns' last three games, but on the flip side of the coin the Pirates defence is yet to concede in the same number of previous matches.     Tlou Segolela v Method Mwanjali The ‘Limpopo Gautrain' earned a call-up to Bafana Bafana, but didn't play against Kenya. The challenge now for Segolela is to prove the call was deserved, but then again Mwanjali has finally broken into Sundowns' starting eleven and will be desperate to keep it under new coach, his compatriot Ian Gorowa.       TEKO FACTOR Modise's former mate at Bucs Katlego Mashego says the Bucs fans must be careful not to boo their former favourite son. “Knowing Teko personally if our supporters boo him they will motivate him more,” Mashego says. On the other hand Modise predicts an “interesting” match. “It will be hard, because I know how the Pirates supporters are… it will be an interesting game and if I get an opportunity to play I'm looking forward to it,” Modise adds.   SOWETO V TSHWANE The Tshwane teams, Sundowns and SuperSport United, have shared the past five League titles, while the Soweto giants are eager to break Tshwane's stranglehold on the title. This season Bucs lead the chasing pack, including Sundowns, who are three points off the pace. A Pirates win will go a long way in Soweto's quest to end Tshwane's dominance, but a Sundowns win might ensure the trophy remains in Tshwane seeing Pirates and Chiefs will play each other later this month and might derail each other's title ambitions, giving Tshwane some breathing space to take home a sixth. Pirates have already beaten SuperSport United and Sundowns this season, while Chiefs have done the same. Can Pirates make it five out of five for Soweto?

  HAVE YOUR SAY: What's your prediction? 

Article by: Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 12:29 pm
The question should have been "By how many goals is Sundowns going to demolish Bakaniya"...no offence

Ka bo Yellow
Anonymous
posted: 12:38 pm
Editor toks s if whoeva wins 2moro takes da lig. Neva
Fela
posted: 12:38 pm
PIRATES 1 Sundowns O
Anonymous
posted: 12:39 pm


AWOL: Katlego Mphela ,
hehehehehe why did they include this one?
microsoft fc please we want peace,can u beat this weak average drunk team 4-0,may be they will now see how average their team is,

walter mokeana u forgot these 2 top strikers OTORONKO and MOSOwoya

for oversea moves,
Anonymous
posted: 12:41 pm
This is goin 2 b a tough 1,i hope 4 a win 4 my luvly bucs!da score line wil b 1 nil or 2-1 in favour of bucs
juluka.malope
posted: 12:43 pm
Sundowns will win the match 3 - 1
crazy M
posted: 12:43 pm
well i have to say looking @ sundowns they only rely on mushweki to score...while pirates can get goals from anyone personally i do not knw whose gonna score tommorw but one thing for sure goals will come...i still remeber what pattison said in one of his interviews he said "pirates dont have a regular goal scorer" well his statement will be proven tommorow...yes pirates dont have a goal scorer but they score goals and dont concede that much i mean for the past two seasons pirtes have conced the least amount of goals....my predection is 2 0 to pirates who will score? i dont have an answer but goals will come who knws ngobeni might just pop in and score dats hw it has
Anonymous
posted: 12:48 pm
mr editor all this team who ever win or lose we do not care at chiefs
muzinator
posted: 12:51 pm
MBUYANE HAD SAID IT. CAN HE DO WAT HE DID TO THE DOWNS LAST TIME? I PERSONNALLY THINK HE CAN. I LIKE DOWNS BUT THIS TIME IM VERY SORI GUYS UPTHE BUCS. WE EWILL MAU MAU U......U RE GOING TO BE SEGOLELATED
Anonymous
posted: 12:55 pm
Pirates has never beaten sundowns twice in one season- that bit of history will remain intact!
i want 3 goals for this one but i also want to see it done in style.
if we win this one We're on top of the league.
tjovitjo
posted: 12:55 pm
Hey Kick-off..the cream of mzansi is back in action this weekend. pls give us something on that, we had enough of this two cows.

like one blogger said" a di bolayane dintja ntse, a re na taba"

K4L
Igytso
posted: 12:57 pm
Pretoria Soccer League
Pretoria Soccer League
Pretoria Soccer League
caylin1
posted: 01:06 pm
green and yellow
i am happy today, u know why cause i know my team will rise to the ocassion come tomorrow
this is mamelodi sundowns , this team is like Anc , when you support them u r going to Heaven
And Pie city becoz they are the Ghost when you follow them u r going straight to hell

Zuma said it , AnC And sundowns are like heaven
Anonymous
posted: 01:35 pm
Pirates will win 2-0
Anonymous
posted: 01:40 pm
Bucs z gona crush downs 2-0 coz downs coach got no xperience 4 such game.
Anonymous
posted: 01:45 pm
DOWN STARTING LINE UP
Sandiland
xulu
khumalo
booth
tshilo
nyandoro
matthey
teko
pelembe
cale
nyasha

on the bench
baloyi
method
moriri
henyekane
mabhudi
Anonymous
posted: 02:15 pm
This is the time for Masandawana to regain their rightfull position at the summit! To the Sea Robbers note that I just got my ticket and will be present at Orlando to witness you being dethroned!
Anonymous
posted: 02:23 pm
...one more thing you Chiefs loud-mouths; stay out of this cause we've going to murder your Grand fathers- no favours for you! @ tshiamo, why the f%*k. KO pls don't publish these haters' comments!
Anonymous
posted: 02:37 pm
Let's wait a see what will happened then!
Talk is cheap,action speaks louder than words!
Anonymous
posted: 03:20 pm
2nd round is PAYBACK TIME to SUNDOWNS from xipuku. we are going to soweto with one purpose to win the game and take points to pta. sandilands/ mshekwi/ khenyeza/ pelembe/ patison/ xulu/ mokoena /mdledle /booth/ methodman /
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