JS Kabylie welcome ES Tunis to the CAF Champions League quarter finals first leg at stade du 5-Juillet in Algeria this evening.
In a anticipated tough clash, JS Kabylie will probe about the chances of beating one of the favourites for this season’s CAF Champions League title. JS Kabylie finished second place in Group A with 10 points 3 below leaders Wydad Athletic Club while ES Tunis topped Group D with 11 points in standings that involved CR Belouizdad, Zamalek and Al Merrick.
ES Tunis lifted the Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 last season to send them on a record 6th consecutive times and overall 32 league trophies. They produced a master class performance in the regular season this term topping Group A with 27 points to qualify for the playoff to the main championship.
However, ES Tunis have endured a mixed journey in the race for the title having been left in 4th position with 8 points after three games so far. They have won a game, drew a game and lost ones. Etoile Sportive du Sahel lead the table with 12 points in a 100% record as ES Tunis host the leaders at home in their next playoff clash.
Probing on the link between domestic campaign and continental football, it can simply be concluded that form guide in league doesn’t necessarily translate into qualification to knockout stages of the African Champions League telling us that the dynamics for progression into knockout phases (better stages) of the competition are complex including a history of good away travelers, that in this match, gives ES Tunis special guard heading into the quarterfinals first leg in Algeria.
In the group stage, ES Tunis lost a game and the only loss in the group phase in a 3-1 score line against Egyptian side Zamalek. JS Kabylie also lost a total two games which were against WAC of Morocco and Dr, Congo side AS Vita Club but won four home games.
Unlike Esperance’s fine two seasons now, JSK have simply had mixed journeys finishing second position on the Algeria Ligue 1 log last season and are fighting for survival this season. JSK sit last but one place on the log this term.
JS Kablyie and ES Tunis have met twice with each winning a game.
Team News- JS Kabylie
CAF has named Egyptian referee Amin Mohamed Omar to officiate the clash between the Algerian side and Tunisian outfit.
Team News- ES Tunis
ES Tunis have sent an Eid Mubarak message to the world through their twitter handle.
JS Kabylie predicted lineup: A. Medjadel, M. Guemroud, K. Bouhakak, S. Benzaid, O. Gatal, R. Boumechra, S. Boukhenchouche, J. Oukaci, R. Zerdoum, H. Mouaki, Y. Guenina.
ES Tunis predicted lineups: Debchi, Ben Ali, M. Yaakoubi, Y. Meriah, Ben Hamida, G. Wahabi, M. Zaddem, S. Bougrine, Ben Romdhane, H. Elhouni, Ben Hammouda
The game will be live on TV in many African countries including Ghana and South Africa. It will be live on BeING Sports in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia. Countries where StarTimes operates can watch the game live this evening.
- GTV Sports Plus (Ghana)
- BeING Sports (Algeria & Tunisia)
- SuperSports (South Africa)
- StarTimes (Ghana)
- Futball Surgery on YouTube (For Highlights)
Kickoff: 09:00pm GMT
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JS Kabylie vs ES Tunis- 09:00pm GMT
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