Orlando Pirates make the short trip up to Loftus Versfeld to face DStv Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.
Mamelodi Sundowns vs Orlando Pirates: What’s at stake
As always three points are up for grabs, with Orlando Pirates in a position to slash the gap between themselves and the table-toppers to just two points while retaining their game in hand.
After a sluggish start to the season Orlando Pirates have begun to convert pressure into goals which in turn has seen them drive up the table.
Both sides are unbeaten this campaign but Pirates have been hamstrung by four draws in seven matches.
Mamelodi Sundowns played to a 1-1 draw against Golden Arrows before the PSL’s festive season break, but got back to winning ways in continental competition, seeing off Jwaneng Galaxy in their Caf Champions League First Round First Leg match.
Orlando Pirates have won their last three matches in all competitions by a single goal including a 1-0 win away to Grupo Desportivo Sagrada Esperança in the Caf Confederations Cup.
Mamelodi Sundowns vs Orlando Pirates, 2 January 2021: Kick off-time, where to watch
The Mamelodi Sundowns vs Orlando Pirates match will be available on free-to-air tv and can also be streamed via the DStv now app or viewed on DStv channel 202 (The PSL Channel).
PSL Match: Mamelodi Sundowns vs Orlando Pirates
Date: Saturday, 2 January 2021
Time: 15:30 (SAST)
Live Streaming: DStv.com/DStv Now App
TV: SuperSport’s PSL channel 202/SABC 1
Team news – Mamelodi Sundowns
Sundowns could be without Themba Zwane who has missed the last two matches with undisclosed ailments.
The Brazilians have been beset by fitness issues with captain Hlompho Kekana and forward Kermit Erasmus also on the list od doubtful starters.
Team news – Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates forward Zakhele Lepasa picked up a knock in the victory over Chippa United in December and could miss this PSL crunch match.
Congolese forward Jean-Marc Makusu made his debut for the Sea Robbers against Sagrada Esperanca, and he could be in line for his first PSL appearance.
Mamelodi Sundowns vs Orlando Pirates: Previous PSL meetings
11/08/2020 PSL Sundowns 0 – 0 Pirates
15/01/2020 PSL Pirates 1 – 0 Sundowns
01/04/2019 PSL Pirates 0 – 0 Sundowns
10/11/2018 PSL Sundowns 0 – 0 Pirates
13/01/2018 PSL Sundowns 1 – 3 Pirates
01/11/2017 PSL Pirates 1 – 3 Sundowns
07/05/2017 PSL Pirates 0 – 2 Sundowns
11/02/2017 PSL Sundowns 6 – 0 Pirates
10/02/2016 PSL Pirates 1 – 2 Sundowns
20/12/2015 PSL Sundowns 2 – 0 Pirates