We take a look at Friday night’s DSTV Premiership match between Pirates and Maritzburg and suggest a couple of bets in the game.
Let’s start with a look at the latest betting to win the Premiership (without Mamelodi Sundowns), SuperSport United are currently trading at 28/10 with Richards Bay, Pirates and Chiefs all at 7/2 and you can get 20/1 and better the balance.
Orlando Pirates are currently 4th on the log, but they saw a 3 match winning streak ended when they lost 1-0 at home to Sundowns last time out. Their most recent performance was in the Nedbank Cup where they had a comfortable 2-0 away win over Cape Town All Stars.
Getting back to their League form Pirates have played 10 games at home winning 5, drawing 2 and losing 3, but they have lost 2 of their last 4. The Soweto faithful haven’t been treated to many goals this season with Pirates home games averaging just 1.8 goals each and only 2 of the 10 matches delivering you a profit had you backed over 2.5 goals.
Maritzburg United are currently 15th on the log and in the relegation playoff position. Their last action was at home to AmaZulu where they drew 1-1 and they previously lost 1-0 on the road to Chippa United. Like Pirates they were also in Cup competition on the weekend where they went down to Kaizer Chiefs at home in extra time.
Maritzburg have won 2 and drawn 3 of their 9 away matches this season and those 2 wins have come in their last 3 away games. Looking at their goal stats only 2 of the 9 Maritzburg United matches have reached the 3 goal mark and Maritzburg United away games averaged just 1.3 goals this season.
Maritzburg beat Pirates 1-0 at home earlier this season and Pirates won this fixture 4-1 last season.
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Orlando Pirates 5/6
Maritzburg United 15/4
Suggested Bet: Pirates win at 5/6
I am going to excuse Pirates last loss against the high flying Mamelodi Sundowns and suggest that at current prices they are a very solid bet to grab 3 points. Maritzburg look to be really struggling in front of goal whereas in Pirates 2 home games before the Sundowns defeat they scored a total of 7.
Suggested Bet: Correct Score, Pirates 2-0 at 11/2
While I am confident in calling the Pirates win here I doubt it is going to be a high scoring fixture given how these teams have been playing this season. I am looking at Pirates to keep a clean sheet and win by more than a goal.
Other Markets of interest include over 2.5 goals at 15/10 and Orlando Pirates on the Handicap -1.5 at 5/2.
Note: All prices correct at the time of writing but are subject to change