We’re done with the group stages of the CAF Champions League.
Six games after (in each group) and the stage is set for the knockout games that will usher teams to the final of the competition.
Later this week, the second leg of the quarter-final games will be played as things heat up in Africa’s premier club football competition.
As you get ready to bet on some of the action this weekend, which teams do you have in mind to add to your bet slip? Before you answer, use today’s blog post to help you make informed selections for your accumulator bet.
Of the 16 teams that started off this campaign, only eight remain. Of those eight, which ones are the best to back this weekend?
Although they finished the group stages without suffering a defeat, the South African side could not avoid the ‘Away Team’ curse in the first leg. With their trip to Egypt ending in a 2-0 loss, they head into the second leg of their encounter trailing.
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However, Sundowns have not lost a home game in their last 12, winning 11 and drawing just once. They also have a good history against Al Ahly when playing at home, winning once and drawing twice.
Having scored 10 times in the group stages, the Morrocoan side were the second-highest scoring side of the group stages.
In the first leg of their quarter-final game against Etoile du Sahel, they continued their scoring streak, scoring two goals without reply.
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Now, they have to travel to Tunisia to finish off the job, against a team they failed to score against two years ago.
Of the eight teams that made it to the quarter-finals, six are North African sides. Of the two that are not, one of them is TP Mazembe, a side that finished the group stages top of its group.
The DRC side finished the group stages as the highest-scoring side and didn’t lose a group game.
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They, however, fell to 2-0 first-leg defeat at the hands of Raja Casablanca, and will now try to overturn that deficit when they play the second leg in front of their home fans.
Whenever they have played at home against the Moroccans, they’ve won by a one-goal margin (1-0 in 2002 and 2-1 in 2001).
This stage of the competition is overwhelmingly dominated by North Africans. Will it be a semi-final full of North Africans or will there be surprises? Leave us your comments and join the conversation.