Tip Chippa United FC - Orlando Pirates
Chippa United have a big game in the 18th round of matches in the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) when they host title chasing Oralndo Pirates. The hosts are 12th with 16 points in the league standings while Pirates have 32 points, in third place. For Chippa United, it has been a rough ride in the season, as they’ve won just three of their 17 league matches so far. They are currently only four points above the relegation zone and just one clean sheet in the last six matches doesn’t place them well ahead of this clash with one of the best attacking sides. Their only clean sheet in six matches came in the last game, as they drew 0-0 with Cape Town City on Wednesday. Chippa are not big in attack; they’ve averaged less than a goal a game, scoring 16 in 17 matches in the league. In their last 10 matches, they’ve scored more than one in just three, though they’ve failed to score in only four of the last 15. Nine of their last 15 matches have produced under 2.5 goals and playing at home, they have three straight draws and one clean sheet in the last five league matches.
Orlando Pirates, on their part, hope to win this game to leap to second place before leaving for Accra to takes on ES Setif in the CAF Confederations Cup. They labored through a 1-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic in their last game, despite their opponents having a player sent off in the 45th minute. The visitors have four wins in the last five matches and are unbeaten in the last seven games, while losing just once in 12. In the last five matches they’ve kept three clean sheets and are the third best defensive side in the PSL, having conceded 15 goals in 19 matches. Pirates have failed to score in one of their last 11 matches and in the league, they head here with just one loss, and four clean sheets in the last eight. They’re however winless in three of their last four away league matches – two losses, a draw and a win.
Key points Chippa United FC - Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates are unbeaten in their last seven matches.
Orlando Pirates have four wins in their last seven matches.
Chippa United have won thrice in the last 17 league matches.
Chippa United have three straight draws in league matches at home.
Five of Orlando Pirates’ last six away league matches have produced under 2.5 goals.
Conclusion Chippa United FC - Orlando Pirates
For all their strength, Pirates have struggled a bit in their away matches in the league. It was also not smooth for them against 10-man Celtic in the last game. With a crucial continental clash coming up, they’ll want to preserve a few key players and may not be at full strength here. Chippa do not score a lot and haven’t won a lot as a result. Under 2.5 goals should do here.
Chippa United FC Orlando Pirates Prediction published on March 4, 2021