Starting XI: CT City v Pirates

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Orlando Pirates make the trip to the Western Cape to lock horns with Cape Town City in the DStv Premiership on Saturday evening.

DStv Premiership

Teams: Cape Town City v Orlando Pirates

Date: 07 January 2023

Venue: DHL Stadium

Time: 17h30

Pirates closed off their league season with a 1-0 defeat to arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs and re-opened with a 2-0 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns in the last Friday of 2022.

The Buccaneers' title ambitions were dented, as they now find themselves in fifth place on the table, currently 18 points behind log-leaders Sundowns.

The Soweto giants' new signing from the Citizens, Craig Martin is eligible to come up against his former side, alongside fellow new recruit, returning striker Ndumiso Mabena.

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Moving along, City's inconsistencies continued in the restart as they beat Royal AM 2-1 just before the new year and went on to narrowly lose 1-0 to SuperSport United on Tuesday.

As a result, Eric Tinkler's charges are lying 11th on the standings with 16 points, two points from the top eight spot.

The sides could not be separated last season, with both league encounters ending in draws.

Here's how they line up:

Cape Town City: 16. Keet, 2. Mkhize, 15. Cupido, 12. Fielies, 24. Lakay, 3. Mokeke, 5. Ambina, 17. Zapata, 26. Nodada, 10. Mdantsane, 21. Mani.

Subs: 31. Mpandle, 19. Lekay, 23. Rhodes, 7. Kajally, 13. Van Heerden, 8. Makola, 41. Daniels, 9. Gonzalez, 27. Goedeman

Orlando Pirates: 34. Chaine, 23. Maela, 5. Sibisi, 27. Xoki, 26. Shandu, 4. Timm, 16. Monare, 18. Dlamini, 14. Saleng, 7. Hotto, 95. Erasmus

Subs: 35. Thuntsane, 45. Pule, Martin, 29. Mako, 25. Lepasa, 17. Makgopa, 15. Ndlondlo, 11. Makaringe, 6. Motshwari.

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