5 ways Orlando Pirates can beat Mamelodi Sundowns

5 ways Orlando Pirates can beat Mamelodi Sundowns

– Cape Town Orlando Pirates are keen to capitalize on home field advantage in the first leg of their MTN8 semi-final match against Mamelodi Sundowns at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg tonight.

The Pirates have lost their last five matches in various domestic competitions. However, there is a glimmer of hope, as there are at least five things Pirates can do to halt their dismal streak versus Sundowns.

Play courageous football

The coach of the Pirates, José Riveiro, should instruct his team to play courageous football. They should seek to seize the initiative from the beginning, which means attacking Sundowns. The pirates have adept individuals who can dominate a game. They should be permitted to express themselves freely. When their opponents go toe-to-toe with them, sundowns are put off their game.

 

Defense-related discipline

In recent encounters, Riveiro has alternated between a four-man and a three-man rearguard. However, the players on duty each time were exceptional. It is well-known at this point that Sundowns struggle when opponents stack their defense, as they admit that it stops them from playing football.

Pirates must capitalize on scoring opportunities

The additions of Kermit Erasmus and Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo will improve the team’s ability to generate scoring opportunities, which has not been a significant issue this season. The biggest issue has been converting scoring opportunities, and Riveiro must decide who will play in the last third.

4. The disposition of the group

Innocent Maela, captain of the Pirates, stated that the players are “turned on” for today’s match. He has given his teammates excellent advise, advising them not to play in the semi-final of the cup.

The flurry of Pirates acquisitions will also increase competition within the ranks, which bodes good for committed performances on the field as players fight for starting positions.

5. The genuine Thembinkosi Lorch must immediately appear.

Masterful attacking midfielder Six weeks have passed since Thembinkosi Lorch’s return following a lengthy injury absence, yet he is nowhere near his greatest form. He has received minimal playing time, and his performance has been inconsistent at times. His wing play can be dangerous, and his feeds from the flanks may cause difficulties for opposing defenses.

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