As Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates prepare to meet in the MTN8 second leg semi-final clash in Polokwane, Soccer Laduma looks at how the starting lineups could change for this highly anticipated clash.
The sides played out to a goalless draw about three weeks ago and are set to face off at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday for a place in the final.
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Sundowns are expected to make changes, with Peter Shalulile believed to be unavailable for the clash, while Thabiso Kutumela is unlikely to feature after starting the first leg clash against the Buccaneers. This means Sundowns could go with Marcelo Allende and Gaston Sirino in a front three with Themba Zwane.
Sphelele Mkhulise has found good form recently and is expected to make a start ahead of Neo Maema, who started the first leg clash.
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The Buccaneers have been without number one shot-stopper and vice-captain Richard Ofori and Siyabonga Mpontshane looks set to be in goal for the second leg clash. Thabiso Monyane could start in Polokwane ahead of Bandile Shandu, who was in the starting lineup for the first leg clash.
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Upfront, Pirates started with Zakhele Lepasa in the first leg, but there could be a change in that department with Kermit Erasmus in line to get the nod to face his former side. Erasmus contributed with two assists in Pirates' 2-0 victory over Golden Arrows in midweek.
Sundowns: Williams, Mudau, Kekana, De Reuck, Modiba, Jali, Mkhulise, Mokoena, Zwane, Sirino, Allende
Pirates: Mpontshane, Monyane, Ndah, Sibisi, Maela, Hotto, Timm, Dlamini, Ndlondlo, Saleng, Erasmus
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