MTN8: Orlando Pirates vs Supersport United -Head to head, teams, kick off and live stream

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Orlando Pirates are back in the MTN8 and they will be looking to make their return a lasting one when they host Supersport United at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

The Buccaneers did not take part in last year’s edition of the tournament as they failed to make the cut by finishing 11th in the 2016/17 league campaign, their worst ever finish in the PSL era.

A strong showing in the 2017/18 season ensured that they bounce back to more familiar territory as they finished second behind Mamelodi Sundowns, and they will see the MTN8 as the perfect opportunity to end a trophy drought which stretches back to 2014 when they won that year’s Nedbank Cup.

Unlike Orlando Pirates, Supersport United’s entry into the top eight was rather fortuitous, as they were helped along by Ajax Cape Town’s indiscretion which saw them awarded an extra three points, much to AmaZulu’s displeasure.

This meant that Matsatsantsa get an opportunity to defend their title, and they will be hoping the appointment of former caretaker coach, Kaitano Tembo on a permanent basis will bring about a change of fortunes, having endured one of their toughest seasons in the top flight, despite actually hoisting some silverware.

Orlando Pirates vs Supersport United: Head to head

For Orlando Pirates fans’ memories of a thumping in last year’s Nedbank Cup final will still be fresh, as they fell to a 4-1 defeat at the last hurdle in their search for redemption after a wretched season.

The Buccaneers have not defeated Supersport United in their last nine attempts, in a run which includes a 6-1 thumping in November 2016.

In this period, the Pretoria outfit have recorded five victories over the Soweto giants, while the other four have all ended in a share of the spoils.

Kick off: 20:15 (SAST)

TV and live stream: Supersport 4.

Read: MTN8: Quarterfinal fixtures for 11-12 August 2018

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