Orlando Pirates: Ofori, Ndah, Sibisi, Maela, Monyane, Mosele, Timm, Hotto, Lorch, Dlamini, Lorch, Eva Nga.
Subs: Mpontshane, Xoki, Shandu, Mako, Monare, Motshwari, Makgaka, Pule, Peprah.
Royal AM: Ngcobo, Nascimento, Matlaba, Manganyi, Phalane, Mahlasela, De Jong, Kobedi, Potsane, Mogaila, George.
Subs: Macuphu, Ncobeni, Ndlovu, Masuku, Gamildien, Thikazi, Cele, Msomi, Mpoto.
These teams last met in the league during May when they had to settle for a 2-2 draw.
Pirates have not enjoyed their best start to the season under new management and will surely try and bounce back this evening
In their last game Royals went down 3-1 to Stellenbosch in the Winelands, while Pirates were pipped to the post by a late Chippa United winner.
Royal AM are currently fifith on the table, while the Buccaneers are in eight position.
Good evening and welcome to the Moses Mabhida Stadium for our live coverage of this DStv Premiership action between Royal AM and Orlando Pirates.
Kick-off! We are underway here in Durban!
Pirates look to get ahead early via a through-ball for Nga from Hotto and they secure a corner. The corner is easily cleared.
Royals have a free-kick after a foul on De Jong but they fail to capitalise on it and Pirates clear.
Lorch looking dangerous down the middle but he is taken out and Pirates have a free-kick.
Royals are playing to a 4-3-3 formation, while Pirates are lining up with 3-4-3.
Pirates' Monyane is dispossessed and the Royals player spots a run into space by Potsane, who's first touch is just too hard and it reaches the keeper before he can get to it again.
This game has been played at a very high tempo thus far.
The Pirates players are keeping a close eye on De Jong, who has scored three goals for Royals in his last two games.
Both teams are playing at pace and with energy but they are also both giving the ball away needlessly.
OFFSIDE: Hotto on fire with a through-ball but the flag is up against Nga.
De Jong combines with Potsane but Sibisi is in the way to save the day for Pirates.
De Jong and Potsane have looked good on the attack through-out.
After a patient build-up Potsane tries to set up George but again Sibisi is in the way. It's been all Royals over the last five minutes.
WIDE! Great work by Pirates to make their way into the Royals box but Nga's shot is poor and wide!
Surprisingly we are still goalless after the first half an hour.
GOAL, ORLANDO PIRATES, HOTTO! 0-1: WHAT A GOAL! They sliced Royals open down the right and Monyane crosses it into the middle, where Hotto sends it into the back of the net! A brilliant team goal.
What can Royals respond with and when?
Royals have a free-kick in a good position after a foul on Matlaba.
OVER! Sedwyn George is all over the set-piece but it flies over the wall and the goal.
Mosele fouls Potsane for a Royals free-kick near halfway.
Things are settling down now as we approach the break.
YELLOW CARD, ROYAL AM. GEORGE! 0-1: We will have one minute of time added on for stoppages. TIMM is down and in need of attention and George is booked for the foul.
HALF-TIME: ROYAL AM 0-1 ORLANDO PIRATES. A fantastic high energy half comes to an end with advantage to Pirates courtesy of that brilliant Hotto goal. Royals will not lie back and we expect more of the same after the break.
Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half.
Pirates secure the first corner of the half and it is floated in but Royals clear.
YELLOW CARD, ORLANDO PIRATES, DLAMINI! 0-1: Dlamini is booked for a foul on Potsane on the edge of the Pirates box.
The set-piece is poor and hit the wall. Pirates set up a counter-attack but the final Hotto shot is WIDE!
SUBSTITUTION: Royals make a change and Macuphu is on for George.
OFFSIDE! De Jong is into space on the left after a good through-ball but the fag is up!
SUBSTITUTION: Pirates now bring on Pule to replace Dlamini. Pule is a crowd favourite.
YELLOW CARD, ROYAL AM, KOBEDI! 0-1: Kobedi is next in the book after a foul just outside the Royals box. Pule floats the free-kick in and forces the keeper to tap it over for a corner.
YELLOW CARD, ORLANDO PIRATES, HOTTO! 0-1; Hotto is now booked for time wasting.
Both teams have managed to keep their passes at a 80% accuracy rate.
The Royals keeper Ngcobo does well to come out of his area to beat Nga to the ball and also ensuring it goes out into touch so he can return to his post.
Lorch tries his luck with a cross towards goal but Ngcobo reads it well to clear.
SUBSTITUTION; A change for Pirates and Timm makes way for Monare. Royals take off De Jong for Ndlovu.
SUBSTITUTION: Another Royals change, as Thikazi is on for Potsane.
Royals secure a corner courtesy of Sibisi. Pirates clear and launch a counter-attack but Hotto loses control of the ball. What a pity!
Can Royals get a foot back in this game with just 14 minutes of regulation time left.
SUBSTITUTION: A triple Pirates change. Hotto makes way for Mako and Nga is replaced by Peprah. Shandu is also on for Monyane.
In typical Ofori fashion he clears the ball in goal and then goes to ground for five seconds or so to run the clock down.
NO PENALTY! There's a Royals player down in the Pirates box but the referee is not interested.
SUBSTITUTION: A double change for Royals. Phalane is off for Gamildien and Ncobeni replaces Mahlasela.
Royals are really pushing now while Pirates are forced to frantically defend that lead.
Great short balls by Royals in and around the Pirates box but they cannot get through the defence and then Pirates counter!
Ofori comes out to punch a ball and then Mogaila has the chance to loft it over the keeper but he takes too long. At least he secures a corner but Pirates clear.
We are into the four minutes of time added on for stoppages.
RED CARD, ROYAL AM, KOBEDI! 0-1: It's a second yellow for Kobedi for a foul on Monare and he is OFF!
FULL-TIME: ROYAL AM 0-1 ORLANDO PIRATES. Pirates manage to hold on to that solitary goal advantage to secure victory here in KZN. Royals had their opportunities but both teams can be proud of a brilliant game of football. Thank you for joining us.