Orlando Pirates scraped through their last PSL game 3-2 against Polokwane City. Now, they visit the Peter Mokaba Stadium to take on Rise and Shine’s rivals, Baroka FC.

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Mokwena’s men have not yet avenged last December’s Telkom Knockout final defeat
to Bakgaga. Pirates, then under the guidance of Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojević,
drew 1-1 when they next faced Baroka in the league.

The Buccaneers have defensive issues to
resolve, having conceded 18 goals in 12 league matches this season, but Mokwena
has downplayed the significance of the problem.

“I think anyone that didn’t watch the match
(against Polokwane City) and just saw the final score would think ‘goodness me
Pirates have just scraped through’‚” said Mokwena, as quoted by SowetanLIVE.

“The reality is that we were in complete
control for majority of the match. I don’t remember Wayne Sandilands having to
make a save to be honest.

“But the reality is it is 3-2 and it’s another
two goals conceded. Why? There’s a lot of factors to it.

“We’ve got to look into it deeply‚ not just to
scratch the surface. We’ll have to go deeper because there’s a lot of other
mitigating factors.”

Baroka have issues of their own and have only
scored seven goals in 13 Premiership games, the joint least in the league this
season.

Head-to-head
records

These statistics include league and cup
matches dating back to the 2016-17 season.

Records Baroka Orlando
Pirates
Wins 1 2
Draws 4 4
Losses 2 1
Goals for 8 11
Goals against 11 8
Points 7 10

Kick-off
time and prediction

Kick-off time: Saturday 7 December at 15:30.

Prediction:
Baroka are not an easy team to break down and Orlando
Pirates do not yet appear comfortable, despite their win over Polokwane City.
This match is expected to end in a 1-1 draw.

Baroka vs Orlando Pirates: Live scores and result

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