ES Setif take on visitors Mamelodi Sundowns in the first round match of CAF Champions League group stage. The match will be played on Sunday, June 18th.
ES Setif have finished only fifth in their domestic league despite quite successful streak of results in the end of the regular season when today’s hosts won six, drew four and lost two out of 12 matches. ES Setif have gained 44 points in 30 matches and have 31-19 aggregate goal difference. ES Setif had to battle through two round of qualification, beating on aggregate Etoile du Congo (1-1, 4-2) and Al-Merreikh (2-2, 0-0). ES Setif show quite successful results at home stadium. The team is undefeated in last six home matches. Moreover, 12 home matches got the team seven wins, four draws and one defeat.
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Mamelodi Sundowns won RSA national league, gaining 71 points in 30 matches with 55 goals scored and 20 allowed. Today’s visitors had to play in three qualifying rounds before they advanced for the main stage of the competition. Mamelodi Sundowns faced Chicken Inn (0-1, 2-0), Leopard, (2-0, 1-1) and AS Vita Club (1-0, 1-2). Mamelodi Sundowns played 14 matches on the road this season, taking seven wins, four draws and three defeats.
ES Setif and Mamelodi Sundowns haven’t played a single head-to-head in their history and we should expect the hosts to record positive result in this match. ES Setif proved they are strong at own turf and rarely allow loss of points.
Prediction for the match: ES Setif to win.