Prediction and odds for the game: Sundowns FC (10/11) v Orlando Pirates (11/4)
We are backing the home win
When: Tuesday 17th March 2020, Kick-off 5:30
Where: Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium
On Tuesday evening, Sundowns FC host Orlando Pirates in what could be a massive game at the top of the South African Premier League.
The home side are gunning for the South African Premier League. They are currently second in the table, four points adrift of league leaders Kaizer Chiefs. However, if the reigning champions emerge with three points from this clash they will be within a point of the leaders.
A four-game winning run in the Premier League has certainly improved their chances of retaining their title. In their last league outing, Sundowns recorded a victory away at Stellenbosch.
The home team has been relatively high-scoring of late, scoring at least two goals in three of their last four league matches.
The team from Pretoria have been in good home form in recent months. They are undefeated in six league matches on home soil, claiming a highly creditable five wins. A good recent defensive record has been a big factor in the recent good home form, as Sundowns have conceded just twice in six games.
They have kept clean sheets in their last three meetings with the visitors in all competitions. In fact, there has been just one goal scored in all the last three meetings, including two meetings finishing goalless.
The visitors are lagging way behind in the title race. The team from Johannesburg are fourth place in the table, eight points adrift of Kaizer Chiefs, and four adrift of Sundowns. To make matters worse, the visitors have also played more games than the teams around them.
In their last league outing, Golden Arrows held Orlando Pirates to a goalless draw in Durban. The draw means that they have won just a point from a possible six in the South African Premier League.
The mini two-game winless run did come on the back of a six-game winning streak for the visitors, who have lost just once in their last 12 matches. The one defeat came in a 1-0 defeat against leaders Kaizer Chiefs.
Zinnbauer’s team have been hard to defeat on their travels of late, as they have not been beaten in six away games in the South African Premier League. The visitors have only failed to find the net in one of their last eight away matches in the league which was that game at Golden Arrows.
The home side are certainly in the better form of these two teams heading into this clash. That is why we are backing the home side to record a victory. Recent meetings between these two teams have been low-scoring affairs. We believe this will be the same, so we are also backing the under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 8/15.
Verdict: We are backing the home win at odds of 19/20 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 8/15. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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