PSL Preview: Orlando Pirates aim to bounce back against Stellenbosch

In a highly anticipated encounter at the Orlando Stadium, Orlando Pirates are set to host the formidable Stellenbosch FC on Friday in a crucial DStv Premiership match.

The Buccaneers are eager to bounce back after suffering a setback in their six-match unbeaten streak, with a 3-1 loss to SuperSport United on December 23.

Currently placed fourth in the DStv Premiership standings, Pirates are just one point behind third-placed Cape Town City. A victory against Stellenbosch FC, coupled with favorable results elsewhere, could propel Orlando Pirates to a third-place finish as they bid farewell to 2023.

On the other side, Stellenbosch FC enters the clash riding high on confidence, boasting an impressive 10-match unbeaten run across all competitions.

Their recent triumph in the Carling Knockout final, where they overcame TS Galaxy 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw on December 16, underscores their current form.

Positioned fifth on the DStv Premiership standings, a win over Orlando Pirates could secure a coveted top-four finish for Steve Barker’s side as they conclude the year.

Orlando Pirates will have the services of Patrick Maswanganyi back from a one-match suspension, but injuries continue to sideline Thabiso Monyane and Paseka Mako.

On the flip side, Stellenbosch FC will miss key defender Fawaaz Basadien, suspended due to a red card during the Carling Knockout final.