Maritzburg host Bucs as Absa Premiership returns

Maritzburg United will be looking to build on their impressive recent record against Orlando Pirates when the two clubs lock horns in a Premiership affair at Harry Gwala Stadium on Tuesday.

The two clubs have an identical record from the past six meetings – one win apiece with four draws.

However, the ninth-placed Team of Choice will need to defy the odds to beat the Buccaneers this week considering their woeful home record this season.

They are without a league win in six matches at their Pietermaritzburg base, although interim coach Fadlu Davids is not looking at that record.

“Everybody’s talking about this record at Harry Gwala, but we can’t put extra pressure on ourselves by looking at that,” he said. “We need to focus on improving and that’s what we’ll be going out to do against a very good Pirates team.”

Apart from long-term injury casualty Andrea Fileccia, the rest of the United squad are fit and available.

Fifth-placed Pirates, on the other hand, have several injuries to contend with.

Jackson Mabokgwane and Edwin Gyimah both face late fitness tests, while Oupa Manyisa and Mpho Makola are unlikely to make the trip to KwaZulu-Natal.

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