The Buccaneers are hoping to cement their place at the top of the Group B standings with a victory over the Blood and Gold
Esperance de Tunis will welcome Orlando Pirates in the Caf Champions League Group B match at the Stade de Olympique in Rades, Tunisia on Tuesday.
The Tunisian football heavyweights managed to hold Pirates to a 0-0 draw at the Orlando Stadium on match-day two of the group stage.
|Game||Esperance de Tunis v Orlando Pirates|
|Date||Tuesday, February 12|
|Time||15:00 SA Time|
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The draw saw Esperance remain second on the Group B standings with five points from three matches and they are only behind the leaders, Pirates on goal-difference.
The defending champions adopted a defensive approach against the Buccaneers and they are now expected to come up with an offensive game plan.
Esperance head coach Mouine Chaabani will be banking on prolific centre forward Taha Yassine Khenissi’s home form.
The lanky striker hit the back of the net twice during the Tunisian champions’ 2-0 win over Zimbabwean side FC Platinum in a Group B clash in Tunis last month.
The encounter was played behind closed doors as Esperance have been punished by Caf after their fans attacked Al Ahly team bus ahead of the return leg in last year’s Champions League final on November 9.
Their clash with Pirates’ will also be played behind closed doors as part of the two-match crowd ban.
Pirates will have to be cautious against Esperance, who have won eight of their last 10 home matches in the Champions League.
The 1995 Champions League winners are undefeated on the road in this year’s tournament under Bucs head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, who has masterminded two wins and one draw away.
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Thembinkosi Lorch is oozing with confidence having scored Pirates’ late equalizer in the Soweto Derby against Kaizer Chiefs and the forward will be keen inspire his side to victory in Tunisia.
Pirates captain Happy Jele, who missed the team’s clash with Esperance, is expected to lead his side against the three-time Champions League winners.
This will be the third meeting between Esperance and Pirates since 2013.
Matches between the two teams are yet to produce a winner with the three games having ended in a draw.
The last time Esperance hosted Pirates was in October 2013 and the encounter ended in a 1-1 draw at the Stade Olympique de Rades.