Al Hilal could well be on their way to the quarterfinals if they avoid defeat at home to Etoile Sahel. The Tunisian team may not even have a chance at a win due to their recent poor results. Kickoff is at 9pm CAT on, Saturday, 11th January, 2020.
Al Hilal Probable XI: Salim – Eltahir, Al Samwal, Omer, Abdellatif – Abouaagla – Saleem, Darag, Nasr, Eldai – Hamid (4-1-4-1)
Etoile Sahel Probable XI: Krir – Kechrida, Boughattas, Sellami, Jemal – Boukhenchouche, Ben Amor – Haj Hassen, Chikhaoui, Ben Ounanes – Aribi (4-2-3-1)
What is at stake?
Etoile Sahel are enduring an awful run of form. The Tunisian side has now gone 4 matches without a win. And their CAFCL home loss to Al Hilal, last time out, leaves them in a precarious position.
There are 3 rounds of matches remaining and Etoile Sahel will be travelling to Omdurman and Cairo for 2 of them – to play Hilal and Ahly.
On the other hand, Al Hilal is emerging as a CAF Champions League dark horse. This Sudanese team could well be on its way to the quarterfinals if it avoids defeat at home to Etoile. The reason is because CAF breaks ties on head-to-head basis and should it come to that then Al Hilal will have been superior to Etoile Sahel.
What will the match be like?
Al Hilal were dominated away from home despite winning. They will look to overturn the scenario in Omdurman by controlling the match against their more fancied opponents. Like a typical CAFCL team, Hilal are not too elaborate and rely on being persistent with their direct approach. The challenge at hand will be creating enough clear cut chances to emerge as winners.
Etoile Sahel have no option but to attack from the get go. Juan Garrido’s team welcomes back Ben Amor – a highly rated central midfielder. The coach will hope this gives them extra edge even away from home.
The Tunisian team can create chances but questions will be on whether they will be confident to play proactively away from home. They absolutely must win because their next match is away to Al Ahly.
Al Hilal 1-1 Etoile Sahel
Etoile Sahel are in poor form. Al Hilal will be at home. This looks like an obvious win for the home team but that is only if they do not hold back. The hosts have a lead to protect and there is more incentive in playing conservatively.