Mamelodi Sundowns head to North Africa as favorites to win the match. Their opponents are a wounded team who will be out to save their campaign from concluding so early. The match is on 28th December, 2020. And kick off is at 6pm CAT.
USM Alger Probable XI: Zemmamouche – Meftah, Hamra, Kheiraoui, Cherifi – Koudri, Belarbi, Benkhelifa – Zouari, Benchaa, Benhammouda (4-3-3)
Sundowns Probable XI: Onyango – Ngcongca, Lebusa, Madisha, Langerman – Mkhulise, Jali, Kekana, Zwane – Sirino, Affonso (4-4-2)
What is at stake?
Mamelodi Sundowns will be pleasantly surprised at the position they are in. They top Group C and will be favourites in Blida. This time, the South African club will be looking to secure qualification as group winners. USM Alger have only picked up 2 points out of a possible 6. Failure to win a second home match will be lights out for them.
What will the match be like?
USM Alger coach, Billel Dziri may have to figure out how to do it without Muaid Ellafi. He did not quit the team. He suffers from a toe injury but, reportedly, could be ready to feature against Sundowns.
Dziri is right about the need for “fighting spirit.”
To beat Sundowns, they will also require a strong start to the match. Yet, this open kind of setting is what Pitso Mosimane’s team excels at. What with Affonso set to return? The balancing act by USM Alger will be intriguing to see.
USM Alger 1-2 Sundowns
Expect an end-to-end contest. In those kinds of situations, it is the quality of personnel that makes the difference. And Sundowns is simple stronger and more confident at this moment.