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Pirates aim to finish season on high

Pirates aim to finish season on high

The nation’s capital beckons for Orlando Pirates, whose penultimate fixture of the season is away to Maritzburg United at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Wednesday night.

Fresh off a magnificent victory against SuperSport United over the weekend, the Buccaneers will look to make it two in two with the aim of finishing the season on a high.

Saturday’s result safeguarded their potential of reaching a respectable 52 points for the season which, at the most, would see them finish within the coveted top four.

Standing in their way is the Team of Choice, coached by former Pirates mentor in Eric Tinkler, who has guided the team to one of their better seasons in the top flight.

The Team of Choice are one of the few teams yet to taste victory inside the bubble, and will want to change that by claiming a big scalp.

Their last three fixtures saw them register three draws, despite playing some of the most attractive football seen in the league thus far.

The reverse fixture – played at Orlando Stadium – was an entertaining encounter but ended goalless. However, the Buccaneers were the victorious side on their last visit to enemy territory, winning 1-0 through solitary goal from Vincent Pule, who looks to have lost none of his creative spark during the lengthy break.

In the last six league fixtures between these two sides, Orlando Pirates have been on the right end of the three that have yielded a result, with the KZN outfit last beating the Soweto Giants in December 2016.

Kick-off for this encounter is scheduled for 18h00 CAT (19:00 EAT).

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