Bloemfontein Celtic : 16. Mabokgwane, 35. Baloyi, 33. Chabalala, 26. Ngobeni, 15. Pfumbidzai, 3. Mahashe, 10. Mabena, 5. Kobedi, 18. Mashikinya, 50. Masuku, 21. Letsoalo. Subs: 31. Chaine, 11. Potsane, 20. De Jongh, 12. Maema, 25. Ndwandwe, 4. Mereko, 8. Phalane, 27. Tchilimbou, 17. Mofokeng.
Orlando Pirates : 31. Ofori, 14. Hlatshwayo, 4. Jele, 8. Ndlovu, 29. Mako, Motshwari, 15. Makaringe, 18. Dlamini, 11. Hotto, 45. Pule, 31. Mntambo. Subs: 40. Mpontshane, 36. Sesane, 34. Tshobeni, 26. Muwowo, 19. Sam, 9. Mabasa, 7. Mhango, 5. Nyauza, 2. Monyane.
In their last league game Pirates drew 1-1 with SuperSport United, while Celtic went down 1-0 to TS Galaxy.
Pirates are currently fourth on the table, while Celtic are eleven points adrift in 11th position.
G'Day and welcome to the Orlando Stadium for our live coverage of this DSTV Premiership clash between Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic.
Kick-off! We are underway here in Soweto.
An early Pirates attack is halted by the OFFSIDE flag and replays suggest that Hotto was offside well before the Ofori ball was passed.
An early stoppage in play and Pirates' Motshwari needs some attention.
Pirates secure the first corner of the game following a defensive deflection off Chabalala.
Hotto floats in the corner but the Celtic defenders are there first to clear it to safety.
Mntambo gives away a free-kick to Celtic after a foul on Masuku.
Letsoalo tries his luck with a long-range shot at the Pirates goal after it's offloaded by Mabena but the attempt is BLOCKED!
Yet another Celtic free-kick after a foul by Makaringe on Masuku.
The free-kick is swirled in by by Mabena but it flies WIDE! Ofori just takes his time watching it all the way.
Pirates secure another corner after the shot at goal from Dlamini is deflected away by Mashhikinya.
Hotto curls in the corner-kick and this time Dlamini's shot is WIDE and to the right. They are getting closer.
We are still goalless after the first half an hour of play.
It has been a stop-start affair over the last few minutes with a few fouls and resultant free-kicks which are wasted.
Hotto runs into space and fires his shot at goal but we have seen much better efforts from him in the past. Enough said about that one!
A promising free-kick is awarded to Pirates after Pule is fouled by Kobedi.
Pule is all over the set-piece and his effort just misses the top corner. Better luck next time!
We will have one minute of time added on for stoppages.
HALF-TIME: ORLANDO PIRATES 0-0 BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC. We head into the break goalless and Celtic will probably be the happier team for now. Pirates have had some good scoring opportunities but have failed to breach the Celtic defence. Pirates will have a one man advantage after the break so let's see what happens.
RED! OH WOW! Mabena is sent off by the referee after a dangerous challenge on Mntambo, who looks out for the count. Hopefully he will be back in the second half.
YELLOW: Pirates' Motshwari is Yellow carded for a cynical foul.
Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half.
SUBSTITUTION: A change for Celtic at the break. Tchilimbou is on to replace Masuku.
Pirates begin where they left off and this time Pule is into space but again the effort is average and it flies wide.
SAVE! Finally Ofori is called into action and he does well to keep out a low effort from Letsoalo! Great work!
Hotto is guilty of a foul on Chabalala and Celtic have another free-kick.
Pirates continue to pile on the pressure and one feels that the goal is just minutes away.
GOAL, ORLANDO PIRATES, MAKARINGE! 1-0: Fortune Makaringe dances and side-steps his way past three defenders before firing home his shot into the bottom corner. A fine effort after a fine pass from Paseko Mako!
It's almost two for The Buccaneers. This time Mako's effort is SAVED by Mabokgwane!
SUBSTITUTION: Another Celtic change and now Maema is on for Mashikinya.
YELLOW! Earlier Dlamini was booked after a cynical foul on Tchilimbou.
SUBSTITUTION: Pirates are now making changes to try and preserve that lead. Dlamini under a booking has been replaced by Tshobeni.
Baloyi is lucky not to get booked after a foul on Fortune Makaringe of Pirates.
Are Pirates just going to sit back and protect the lead or are they going to try and double their tally?
Mabasa now gives away a free-kick to Celtic after a silly foul on Chabalala.
Time is running out for Celtic to pull this one out of the fire. They will not deserve it but stranger things have happened in football,
We will have four minutes of time added on for stoppages.
A long-range speculative effort from Ndwandwe is just wide of goal after a suberb offload by Celtic's Potsane.
FULL-TIME: ORLANDO PIRATES 1-0 BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC. Pirates earn maximum points to move into third position on the table. They are four points behind Mamelodi Sundowns having played three games more. They had a one man advantage after the break and managed to break the deadlock. They were the better team on the day. Thank you for joining us.