It is going to be a crunch match to say the least! Fireworks are expected in this fixture that has a lot at stake.
Gor Mahia tops the Group with eight points same as second placed USM Alger, who have an inferior goal difference. A draw might just be enough for the two, but things might work badly for either side if Rayon Sports register a win with a big margin against Yanga in Kigali.
A team that manages to get maximum points will definitely stand a higher chance of making it to the quarter-finals. USM knows they cannot fail, and Gor Mahia understand that they have to deliver, it is like a battle to the death with the survivor getting his freedom!
|Game||USM Alger vs Gor Mahia|
|Date||Wednesday, August 29|
|Time||4:00pm, Kenyan Time|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In Kenya, the game will be shown live on SuperSport.
|DSTV channel||Free-to-air channel|
Squads & Team News
The 21-year-old Oussama Chitta will have to watch the proceedings from the spectators' zone, after accumulating two yellow cards. Other players, who are out include Benkhemessa, Mohammed Benyahia, Rafik Bouderba while Mezeghrani is yet to receive registration papers after signing for the side.
Probable USM Alger XI: Zemmamouche, Mexes, Chafai, Yaya, Meziane, Ibara, Hamra, Meftah, Koudri, Benmoussa and Benguit.
Gor Mahia will miss the services of Ivorian striker Ephraim Guikan, who is not match fit while Boniface Oluoch is good to start after missing out four matches in all competitions due to a shoulder injury.
After putting on a comic show in a 2-1 defeat against Rayon Sports, keeper Shaban Odhoji has been dropped with Fredrick Odhiambo taking his place on the bench. Karim Nizigiyimana has been named in the team for the first time in the competition after returning from injury.
Probable Gor Mahia XI: Oluoch, Nizigiyimana, Onguso, Shakava, Onyango, Wendo, Mieno, Kahata, Odhiambo, Onyango and Tuyisenge.
Three out of the four teams in Group D have a good chance of making it to the quarter-finals of the competition.
Gor Mahia and USM Alger have eight points each, while third placed Rayon Sports have six, two more than bottom placed Yanga SC.
When the two sides faced each other in the first leg, none of them managed to hit the back of the net although the East African side had numerous chances to do that.
The North African side has not lost any match at home; they won 4-0 against Yanga SC, and managed to get a point in a one all draw against Rayon. After losing 2-1 at home against Rayon Sports, Gor Mahia will need an outright win or at least a draw to be assured of a place in the quarters.