Absa Premiership: Bucs have a score to settle against Usuthu
Orlando Pirates will play their second match of 2014 against AmaZulu in the Absa Premiership encounter at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Thursday night, kickoff at 19:30.
The Buccaneers have a score to settle after AmaZulu stunned them 1-0 at home when both sides met in their first fixture of the 2013/2014 season in August at the FNB Stadium last year, thanks to a well taken goal by former Bucs striker Bongani Ndulula.
Usuthu are known to be hard nut to crack for Orlando Pirates, and they also played a big part in Orlando Pirates failure to win the league title last season when they came from behind to snatch a draw against Bucs towards the end of last season at the same venue where they will meet on Thursday night.
Orlando Pirates are 11th on the log with 16 points from nine matches as they are still playing catch-up, while AmaZulu are 7th on the standings with 20 points from 15 matches.
A win for Orlando Pirates will take them to the top-half of the table and that will be much to the delight of Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa, who is wanted out of the club by most fans after a slow start to the season.
In head to head starts, AmaZulu and Pirates have met in 50 league matches since 1985. The Bucs have won 22 times compared to 10 for Usuthu, while 18 matches ended in a draw.
In injury news, Orlando Pirates will be without Rooi Mahamutsa, Siyabonga Sangweni and Patrick Phungwayo while AmaZulu will be without their new signing Ruzaigh Gamaldine who is still nursing an injury.