The league’s most expensive player Marcelo Allende will be missing for Mamelodi Sundowns when they travel to Orlando this afternoon.
Orlando Pirates welcome arch rivals Mamelodi Sundowns to the Orlando Stadium for a crunch DStv Premiership match this afternoon.
The Brazilians are well ahead on the log standings and are in firm control of their league title defence.
Rhulani Mokwena’s side are a whopping 24 points ahead of Jose Riveiro’s side who sit in fourth position on the log standings.
In terms of recent meetings, the Buccaneers have managed to win just once in the last eight previous meetings.
Mamelodi Sundowns have won six out of the previous eight clashes with one match ending a rare stalemate.
Mamelodi Sundowns star Marcelo Allende will miss today’s crunch clash.
The Chilean midfielder won’t face Orlando Pirates due to SUSPENSION.
Allende recieved a red-card in his side’s previous clash against Sekhukhune United.
His two match suspension begins today, meaning Rhulani Mokwena will have to make-do without the services of the league’s most expensive player.
“We live in a competitive environment. Not only when we go to matches, people need to understand that.” the Orlando Pirates head coach said as quoted by IOL.
“The players come every morning hungry to train well, express themselves on the field and prepare to understand the needs of the week and game against Sundowns.
“Being a coach is not that easy by just selecting the best players. You have to select the ones that you consider the best one to win a game.”