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Bloemfontein Celtic vs Orlando Pirates Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds - Pirates to lift the cup

  • Celtic face Pirates in MTN8 final at 16:00 GMT on Saturday
  • Siwelele have gone 8 years without winning a trophy
  • Pirates are on a 6 year trophy drought
  • The Bucs are 12 matches unbeaten, with 8 wins and 4 draws
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Orlando Pirates play Bloem Celtic in the MTN8 Cup final on Saturday (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 11 Dec 2020
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Bloemfontein Celtic vs Orlando Pirates Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds - Pirates to lift the cup

  • Celtic face Pirates in MTN8 final at 16:00 GMT on Saturday
  • Siwelele have gone 8 years without winning a trophy
  • Pirates are on a 6 year trophy drought
  • The Bucs are 12 matches unbeaten, with 8 wins and 4 draws


Bloemfontein Celtic face Orlando Pirates in the MTN8 final at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday. Pirates are looking to end a six year trophy drought whilst Celtic’s last trophy was in 2012. Who will come out on top and lift the first silverware of the season?

Bloemfontein Celtic Form


Bloemfontein Celtic have had a mixed start to this season. They beat Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 away in their first match in the MTN8 cup. They then won 2-1 on aggregate against SuperSport United in the semi-final after a 1-1 away draw a 1-0 home win.

In the league, Celtic did not win any of their first four matches with a 1-0 home defeat to Orlando Pirates and a 4-2 loss at Cape Town City. Celtic rested players in those early league matches to focus on the cup.

In their last match, Celtic lost 2-0 at home to Maniema Union in the CAF Confederations Cup but went through on penalties after winning the first leg 2-0 away from home. Coach John Maduka rested his entire first XI for that match.               

Bloemfontein Celtic Team News


The big decision for John Maduka is whether to play a back three of back four. Justice Chabalala and Lantshene Phalane are set for recalls in defence and midfield respectively.

Bloemfontein Celtic have injury doubts over defender Tshepo Rikhotso and wingback Andile Fikizolo. Celtic have been resting senior players ahead of this match and have a clean bill of health otherwise.

Orlando Pirates Form


Orlando Pirates are on a 12-match unbeaten run across all competitions with eight wins and four draws. They beat Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 at home and 2-0 away in the two legs of the MTN8 semi-final before a 2-1 win against SuperSport United in the league.

That was followed by 1-1 home draw with Baroka in the Premier Soccer League as Tshegofatso Mabasa scored in the last minute to rescue a point.

In their last match, Pirates drew 2-2 away at Cape Town City having trailed twice. Vincent Pule scored both goals for Pirates.

Orlando Pirates Team News


A big loss for Orlando Pirates for this game is winger Thembinkosi Lorch who has a knee injury. Other than that Pirates have a full squad at their disposal.

Coach Josef Zinnbauer must decide between his three main strikers in Gabadinho Mhango, Zakhele Lepasa and Tshegofatso Mabasa.

Bloemfontein Celtic vs Orlando Pirates Head to Head


Orlando Pirates hold a 19-12 advantage over Bloemfontein Celtic across 40 meetings with nine draws.

Their last meeting in November saw Pirates win 1-0 at Celtic as a late Siphesihle Ndlovu goal sealed the match.

Bloemfontein Celtic vs Orlando Pirates Odds


Bloemfontein Celtic are paying 3.75 with Orlando Pirates offering odds of 2.00. A draw is priced at 2.87 after 90 minutes with bet365.

Bloemfontein Celtic vs Orlando Pirates Match Up


Celtic could play their defensive 5-4-1 shape to give Pirates no space to play in forward areas. Bloemfontein Celtic normally carry a lot of threat on the counter-attack using false nine Ndumiso Mabena. Orlando Pirates have tinkered with their formation a lot but should go with a 4-2-3-1 setup.

Bloemfontein Celtic vs Orlando Pirates Stats


  • Bloemfontein Celtic have seen under 2.5 goals in 10 of their last 11 matches (all competitions).
  • Bloemfontein Celtic have kept 3 clean sheets in their last 5 matches (all competitions).
  • Bloemfontein Celtic have lost 4 of their last 9 matches (all competitions).
  • Bloemfontein Celtic have seen under 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 5 matches against Orlando Pirates (all competitions).
  • Orlando Pirates have seen under 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 9 away matches (all competitions).
  • Orlando Pirates have won 8 of their last 12 matches (all competitions).
  • Orlando Pirates have drawn 2 of their last 4 matches against Bloemfontein Celtic (all competitions).
  • Orlando Pirates have drawn 4 of their last 8 matches (all competitions).
  • Orlando Pirates have seen BTTS Yes in 5 of their last 8 matches (all competitions).

Bloemfontein Celtic vs Orlando Pirates FAQ

What is the best bet in Bloemfontein Celtic vs Orlando Pirates?

Orlando Pirates are backed to lift the trophy in a low scoring final.

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Where is Bloemfontein Celtic vs Orlando Pirates being played?

Bloemfontein Celtic vs Orlando Pirates is being played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa.

When is Bloemfontein Celtic vs Orlando Pirates being played?

Bloemfontein Celtic vs Orlando Pirates is being played at 16:00 GMT on Saturday 12 December 2020.

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What competition are Bloemfontein Celtic vs Orlando Pirates playing in?

Bloemfontein Celtic vs Orlando Pirates are playing in the MTN8 Cup.

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Verdict

I'm backing Pirates to win a very tight and low scoring match.

Best Bet: Pirates Win Full Time Result @100.00 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Correct Score Tip: Pirates win 1-0 Correct Score @550.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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