OrlandoPiratesOrlando Pirates host Royal AM in the DSTV Premiership on Thursday and coming into the game the visitors are in the better form.




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With 10 points from 7 matches Pirates are in mid table and already 9 points off the pace being set by Sundowns. Their only defeat came at home to the league leaders (2-0) and 2 other home games delivered a 2-2 draw with Stellenbosch and 1-0 win over Swallows. The 2 most recent league games finished in draws, at Cape Town City (1-1) and at Maritzburg (0-0). The Bucs have made progress in the CAF Confed Cup but improving their league form has to be the focus right now.


Royal AM


Royal AM came from 2-0 down to snatch a 2-2 draw in their most recent league game away to Gallants. That ended a sequence of 4 straight wins including a 4-1 demolition of Kaizer Chiefs on the road and home wins over Chippa, Maritzburg and Galaxy. Despite losing their first 2 matches Royal AM have risen into the the top 4 positions on the log, 3 points better off than their opponents here.


The Betting


In the early betting Pirates are trading at around 11/20 to win the game with the draw at 32/10 and Royal AM can be backed at around 46/10


A game of 3 goals or more is priced at 27/20 and it's 12/10 for both teams to score.


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The Verdict


Those odds at the time of writing pay little respect to Royal AM's recent form but there is no doubt this is a big test for the in form visitors. I'll take my chances with both teams to score, an outcome which has arrived in each of the last 4 Royal AM league games.


Bet: Both teams to score? (yes) at 12/10


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