Pirates to invade the fortress

Orlando Pirates

The Buccaneers go into the match at Stade Olympique de Radès needing a win or a scoring draw to progress to the CAF Champions League Final; this after the goalless draw in the first leg at Orlando Stadium.

But their task will be a hard one…

Esperance have won their last 13 matches at home and conceded just five times in the process, meaning Lennox Bacela and Co will have to be at their very best.

Added to that, the Tunisians have lost only three matches at home in this competition in the last 12 years, spanning 60 matches. All those have come against Egyptian sides, including a 2-1 defeat in last year’s Final against Al-Ahly.

That said, Esperance have won the Champions League only twice, and have many near misses to ponder over. In fact, they have lost two finals in the last three years, suggesting that if the pressure is applied, they can crumble …