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How Mamelodi Sundowns' Andile Jali and Orlando Pirates' Xola Mlambo compare

Posted: 9 November 2018 Time: 18:00

When Mamelodi Sundowns host Orlando Pirates at Loftus Stadium on Saturday afternoon, two players in central midfield are going to have a big role to play.

Andile Jali is slowly getting back to his best since joining the defending champions while Mlambo is having the time of his life as the playmaker in the Buccaneers’ midfield.

Ahead of their clash tomorrow, KickOff.com compares the two players.

CURRENT FORM

Jali – Despite having some personal problems off the field, Jali has tried his best to keep delivering on the pitch. The 28-year-old, who recently won a man of the match award after a solid performance against Chippa United, has not allowed it to affect his game. He’ll no doubt keep getting better for the Brazilians.

Rating: 6/10

Mlambo – The former Bidvest Wits man is the man who makes Pirates tick in the middle of the park. Despite his brilliant performances for Pirates, Mlambo can’t seem to convince Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter that he deserves a call-up.

Rating: 8

DEFENDING

Jali – This an area where Jali has an edge over Mlambo. The former University of Pretoria player, when tasked to, can protect the back four and get stuck into the rough tackles.

Rating: 8

Mlambo – His game, particularly the defensive part of it, has improved a lot since joining Pirates. Mlambo helps out more defensively, but you want him in the opposition half rather than in his own.

Rating: 6

ATTACKING

Jali – He can be adventurous when he is given freedom to get forward. Jali is not afraid to take players on through the middle of the park and drive his team towards the opposition goal.

Rating: 8

Mlambo – He just loves having the ball at his feet, but seems to enjoy it even more when he gets to create chances for his teammates with a pass. Mlambo is an intelligent player who can be very unpredictable because of the skill he possesses.

Rating: 8

PASSING

Jali – The former KV Oostende midfielder has the ability to play both long and short passes. He enjoys collecting the ball from his defence and starting attacks with passes in midfield.

Rating: 8

Mlambo – Mlambo is the type of player who can pick out a teammate with a backheel pass. It’s as if he has eyes in the back of his head. He prefers to play the short passes so that he can always be involved in the game.

Rating: 9

TOTAL

Jali: 30

Mlambo: 31

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