Zamalek will have the chance to exact revenge on and even steal Group A top spot from TP Mazembe. The match is on 24th January, 2020 from 9pm CAT.
Zamalek Probable XI: Abougabal – Emam, Alaa, Hamdi, Abdulshafi – Hamed, Sassi – Ounajem, Obama, Bencharki – Mostafa (4-2-3-1)
TP Mazembe Probable XI: Gbohou – Issama, Chongo, Mondeko, Coulibaly – Koffi, Likonza – Ushindi, Mputu, Kalaba – Muleka (4-2-3-1)
What is at stake?
Patrice Carteron will be facing one of his former clubs. The Zamalek coach once led TP Mazembe to the CAF Champions League title. He will be looking to wrestle Group A top spot from Mazembe . The challenge will be a little difficult as his side has to overturn a 3-0 loss the last time these two teams met. CAF breaks ties using head-to-head record.
One thing Zamalek has been able to change is their poor form. The Cairo team is enjoying a run of wins and have surely secured their place in the CAFCL quarterfinals as well (they are a point away). They will want to use the resultant confidence to convince us to consider them title contenders.
What will the match be like?
Both teams have good attacks and will surely go for the win. The difference will come in quality of chances and which of the two teams is clinical on the day. TP Mazembe rely almost entirely on Jackson Muleka for goals. Zamalek have the duo of Bencharki and Mostafa Mohamed to share the burden.
TP Mazembe has always enjoyed great results against Zamalek. This may not change. Coach, Mihayo has the option of starting Kalaba and Mputu together for the first time in the CAFCL this season. His team has still emerged as the highest scoring team even without this combo. Mazembe will be wary, though, of the fact that they have only kept one clean sheet in the CAFCL this season. On their part, Zamalek will need to answer questions on their aging fullbacks.
Zamalek 2-2 TP Mazembe
Brave prediction for a CAFCL match? I see goals from both teams. There is no reason why they should not be clinical for this one. At the very least, a lot of chances will be created. There is no real danger for any of the teams to miss out on the quarterfinals (Mazembe are through) and the incentive to finish first is not that big either – the QF draw will be lit!