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Top Five Caf Champions League clashes to watch this weekend

2:01 PM IST 17/08/18
Mamelodi Sundowns players, August 2018
The Caf Champions League enters Matchday five and has almost reached boiling point

There are five exciting games on Friday and Saturday headlined by clashes of African football club giants.

  • Etoile du Sahel celebrate a goal

    #5 Etoile du Sahel v Primeiro Agosto

    Tunisian giants Etoile du Sahel are already through to the quarter-finals from Group D but face a testing night on Saturday, when they host Primeiro Agosto.

    Placed on second position, Agosto need to win in Sousse to brighten their chances of going to the knockout stages.

    But it would not be easy for them on foreign soil especially the intimidating Stade Olympique de Sousse.

    With Mbabane Swallows breathing heavily on their back, Agosto would be forced to push their game up on Saturday, making the battle in Sousse a potentially explosive one.

    Etoile on the other hand would want to finish as group leaders and will wedge a bitter struggle on Saturday.

  • Horoya Aboubacar Camara, May 12 2017

    #4 Horoya vs Togo Port

    It might be a clash between modest teams but a lot is at stake in Group C for Horoya who welcome Togo Port in Conakry on Friday.

    With Horoya tied on five points with Mamelodi Sundowns, but a place down on third spot with an inferior goal difference, the Guineans have a good chance of progressing to the last eight.

    Horoya have high hopes of making it out from of this group and this clash with Togo Port has a huge impact on their ambitions.

    Having won 2-1 away in Lome, Horoya are fancying their opportunity against their opponents.

  • Super Sports vs Tp Mazembe

    #3 ES Setif vs TP Mazembe

    ES Setif’s life in Group B is hanging by a thread as they prepare to host five-time champions TP Mazembe on Friday.

    Sitting on position three and a distant six points below leaders Mazembe, the Algerians are desperate for a win to save their campaign.

    Victory for 2014 champions Setif could help them dislodge MC Alger from second position, but that is if their fellow Algerians lose away at Difaa El-Jadida.

    Setif have four points, just one below MC Alger and that makes their clash with TP Mazembe a must-win to boost their chances of progressing to the second round.

    The Congolese arrive in Setif enjoying a five-point lead and are under no pressure unlike their opponents whom they thumped 4-1 in the reverse match in Lumbumbashi.

  • Esperance de Tunis striker Youssef Blaili celebrates his goal against Cameroon's Coton Sport @CAF Champions League

    #2 Esperance vs Al Ahly

    It would be war in the Tunisian harbour city of Rades in this North Africa derby between Esperance and Al Ahly on Friday.

    Group A leaders Esperance have 10 points and are three clear of closest challengers and record eight-time champions Al Ahly.

    Having already qualified for the knockout stage, Esperance would still want to beat their Egyptian rivals and finish on top the group.

    But with Paul Carteron’s Al Ahly almost through to the quarter-finals and still within a chance to also end the group as leaders, the match is poised for a potentially stormy affair.

    A 0-0 draw in Borg El Arab in the first leg in May, might have left the two sides with some unfinished business between them.

  • Mamelodi Sundowns Hlompho Kekana, May 2018

    #1 Wydad Casablanca vs Mamelodi Sundowns

    This is the pick of the Matchday five games, and it's between these two sides who are winners of the last two Champions League editions.

    Mamelodi Sundowns travel to reigning champions and Group C leaders Wydad Casablanca who held them to a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture in Pretoria in May.

    Three points separate the two sides and victory for the 2016 champions and second-placed Sundowns on Friday would place them equal on eight points with their Moroccan rivals.

    Pitso Mosimane’s Sundowns need a high-scoring victory to assume top spot on goal-difference.

    A win for Wydad Casablanca would send them through to the quarter-finals while Sundowns would wait until the final group match to know their fate.