OrlandoPiratesOur featured DSTV Premiership on Thursday sees Orlando Pirates start as odds on favourites for their home fixture against struggling Black Leopards




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Orlando Pirates v Black Leopards


With the gap to league leaders Sundowns now standing at 12 points Pirates are out of the running in terms of the title race and the CAF Confed Cup is likely their main focus for the rest of the season.


Pirates were beaten 3-0 at home by Downs at the weekend and come into this game in fifth place. Other recent results include a 1-1 draw with Swallows, the draw specialists of the top flight and a 2-0 home win over Maritzburg.


Leopards were 2-1 winners at Tshakhuma at the weekend but their situation at the bottom of the log remains desperate. Depending on how Tuesday's results go Leopards will be at least 4 points adrift at the foot of the standings but their win at the weekend was their first in 8 league matches and this is the first of 5 remaining games.


Recent Head to Head


The first league meeting this season was staged on 17th January and Leopards sprang a surprise with a 2-0 win.



The Betting


In the early betting Pirates are trading at around 4/10 to win the game with the draw at 33/10 and Leopards can be backed at around 13/2


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The Verdict


Pirates have been short of goals of late and their will be concerns if that trend continues here.


Leopards are at the stage where even draws may not be enough to save them from relegation, the win at the weekend suggests they realize that they have to be positive from now on and that might lead to goals.


I'll take my chances with 3 or more in total


Bet: Total match goals over 2.5 at 11/10


Note, prices quoted are subject to change


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