CAF Confederations Cup: Group Stage Final Round Preview

Our football writer previews the final round of fixtures in the group stage of the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup which kicks off on Friday evening. 

A dramatic turn of events is on the cards all over Africa as group stage action reaches its climax. SuperSport United will be hoping to reach the quarterfinals of the CAF Confederations Cup. in order for that to happen they must beat CF Mounana and hope that the match between Horoya and TP Mazembe does not end in a draw.

Friday 07 July 2017

FUS Rabat 3/10 | Draw 38/10 |Rivers United FC 8/1
Both teams go into this clash needing miracles. Rabat anchor the Group A table with six points. That’s three behind the top two teams. They’ve won two and lost three of their opening five games.

Rivers United are third on the log with the same number of points as their opponents. If they win and one of the top two teams loses, head-to-head statistics will come into effect. They’ve won two and lost three of their opening five games of the group stage, conceding eight goals in the process. The teams are tipped to cancel each other out.

Club African 4/10 | Draw 28/10 | KCCA 15/2
Club African are second on the log with the same number of points as their opponents. However, they have a superior goal difference. The reason KCCA top the standings are head-to-head statistics which are considered before goal differences in CAF competitions. The first leg match was won by KCCA 2-1.

Table toppers, KCCA will be looking to qualify for the last eight without any permutations by avoiding a defeat. They will be looking to do the double over their opponents. They have won three and lost two of their group stage games. A draw would guarantee qualification without permutation for both teams and I think that’s exactly what will happen. Value here at 28/10.
Saturday 08 July 2017

Odds to be updated on release.

TP Mazembe 8/10 | Draw 16/10 | Horoya 6/1
If they’re serious about defending the trophy, TP Mazembe must win the match to guarantee quarterfinal qualification. They top Group D with nine points, that same number of points as their opponents. If they slip up and third-placed SuperSport United win, they’re out.

Horoya will also be watching over their shoulder to see how SuperSport fare in the other encounter. The best thing they can do for themselves is to win the match at DRC and leave Mazembe in trouble. Homeground advantage will work wonders for TP Mazembe, they're tipped to beat Horoya.   

Supersport United | Draw| CF Mounana
Fresh from winning the Nedbank Cup at home in South Africa, SuperSport United will be oozing with confidence going into this match. Matsatsatsa need to win and hope one of the teams above them loses to advance to the last eight. 2015 finalist with Orlando Pirates, Eric Tinker has taken over the coaching reigns from Stuart Baxter who has left the club to begin his second tenure for the national side.

Mounana are rooted to the foot of the Group D table after losing all their first five matches. SuperSport United beat them 5-3 at their own backyard. Mounama have been the whipping boys of the group and the trend is set continue on Saturday.

CS Sfaxien | Draw | MC Alger
Both teams have convincingly qualified for the quarterfinals with games to spare. CS Sfaxien have 10 points, that’s one point behind their opponents. They need a win to finish above them and avoid facing the Group A champions in the quarterfinals.

Just like their opponents, MC Alger are only looking to finish at the summit of the standings to prevent setting up a quarter-final showdown with the Group A champions. When the teams faced each other in the first leg MC Alger won 2-1 at home. Sfaxien are tipped to come out on top in front of their own fans. 

Platinum Stars | Draw | Mbabane Swallows
Both teams have already crashed out of the tournament. Platinum Starts who have lost three times and drawn twice in their last five outings will be hoping to shock their opponents from just across the border to finish above them.

Swallows only have pride to play for. Avoiding a defeat against Platinum Stars will ensure that they don’t finish at the bottom of the log. The first leg encounter was won by Swallows 4-2. I think both teams will field second string teams and the match will end in a share of the spoils. 

Written by Benedict Ngwenya for

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