Orlando Pirates vs Bidvest Wits: PSL live scores

Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits clash in a Premiership contest that both sides will see as a must-win PSL fixture.

Ellis Park hosts a heavyweight clash

Bidvest Wits came into the weekend ten points adrift of PSL pace-setters Kaizer Chiefs and head to Ellis Park hoping to leapfrog Orlando Pirates into third place.

Both teams are still very much in a PSL title race that looks like it could go down to the final day again.

For Bidvest Wits, their games in hand on their rivals could be an advantage or a hindrance. Gavin Hunt’s team have played twice already since the restart going down 2-3 to Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals last weekend and snatching a point at the death in a midweek meeting with Kaizer Chiefs.

Orlando Pirates also restarted their season against Mamelodi Sundowns playing to a goalless draw on 11 August. The Buccaneers have failed to score in their last three matches.

Former Bidvest Wits striker Gabadinho Mhango may hold the key to ending that goal drought and adding to his PSL-leading 14 goals this season. Mhango has Peter Shalulile (13) and Samir Nurkovic (12) breathing down his neck in the Golden Boot race.

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Orlando Pirates vs Bidvest Wits: PSL Team news

Orlando Pirates have reported no injuries while Josef Zinnbauer has alluded that his charges can last 90 minutes.

Wayne Sandilands, Happy Jele, Ben Motshwari and Mhango will form the spine of Zinnbauer’s Orlando Pirates team but the coach has options as he builds the team around his key men.

The only absences are Thembinkosi Lorch and Justin Shonga who have been gated over breach of biosecure protocols.

Bidvest Wits are expected to welcome back Bafana Bafana defender Sfiso Hlanti who will shore up a defence that had more than its fair share of hairy moments against Chiefs.

Ricardo Goss’ return to the Bidvest Wits goal improved the backline somewhat, and with Hlanti back Orlando Pirates will have to work hard to end their goal drought.

Hunt faces a selection headache with Thabang Monare reportedly back to full fitness, but Phathutshedzo Nange and Cole Alexander played well together in the last outing.

Orlando Pirates squad

Orlando Pirates XI: Sandilands, Mako, Maela, Jele, Nyauza, Motshwari, Mlambo, Makaringe, Pule, Memela, Mhango

Subs: Delle, Ndengane, Zungu, Mabaso, Mntambo, Dlamini, Monyane, Mulenga, Mabasa

Bidvest Wits squad

Starting XI: TBC

Subs: TBC

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