CAF Champions League: Etoile du Sahel v Asante Kotoko Preview
Asante Kotoko travel to Tunisia looking to defend their 2-0 aggregate lead as they aim to progress to the group stage of the Caf Champions League at expense of Etoile du Sahel.
A goal in each half from Augustine Okrah and Richard Arthur gave the Porcupine Warriors some breathing space ahead of Sunday's return match in Sousse.
But in order to qualify for the group stage for the first time in 13 years, Kotoko must produce their best performance to frustrate Etoile du Sahel.
The Tunisians have an impressive home record, losing just one of their last 10 matches while Kotoko have been beaten four times in their last six games outside the country.
What is the kickoff time?
The match will start at exactly 16:00 GMT.
Current form of both teams:
They have won four of their last five matches in all competitions (W4 L1). Kjetil Zachariassen’s men came out with a 4-3 aggregate win over Kano Pillars in the previous round after they lost 3-2 away.
They also put up a solid performance in the first leg against their current opponents and will hope to do more of the same in the decider.
Etoile du Sahel
They are currently on a terrible run of form, winning just one of their last five competitive fixtures (W1 D1 L3).
The Jewel Coast lost both legs of the Arabian Club Champions Cup to Shabab Al Ordon. The first leg at the King Abdullah International Stadium ended 2-1 and the second leg ended 1-0.
In the last qualifying round, Etoile hammered Hafia FC of Guinea 7-1 following a 2-1 away loss in the first leg of that round.
Kjetil Zachariassen named an 18 man squad for the trip without striker Songne Yacouba, who made his first appearance of the season in the first leg. Full list here.
Goalkeeper Walid Kreidan underwent an abdominal muscle surgery in July and has not fully recovered from it. He is available for selection.
Head to head record:
Kotoko's win in the first leg was just their first victory over 2007 African champions Etoile in five meetings. (2L 1D)
- Etoile du Sahel have failed to score a goal in their last three competitive matches. Asante Kotoko have found the net at least once in their last nine consecutive matches in all competitions.
- Etoile du Sahel have scored a total of eight goals and have conceded six in their last five competitive matches. Kotoko have also scored eight goals and conceded five in as many games.
- Etoile du Sahel have kept one clean sheet in their last three home games in all competitions. Asante Kotoko have conceded at least one goal in their last three away matches in all competitions.
- Etoile du Sahel have won one of their last three home games in all competitions. Asante Kotoko have also won one of their last three competitive away games.