The spotlight will be at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium as Mamelodi Sundowns host Al Ahly in the first leg of their African Football League semi-final.
Which of these teams will have the advantage going into the return leg after 90 minutes?
How both teams have fared in the African Football League
Rhulani Mokwena's Sundowns are gunning for a place in the maiden final of the AFL.
The team's journey has been a tough one but they've managed to get the job done over two legs against Angolan outfit Petro de Luanda.
The Brazilians came off with a 2-0 win away in the first leg of their quarter-final bout with Petro as second-half goals from Marcelo Allende and Thapelo Maseko set up a two-goal advantage heading into the return leg.
It was a match which could have ended differently had the Angolans taken their chances.
In the return leg, Petro couldn't break down a ten-man Sundowns who had Mothobi Mvala sent off with just three minutes into the match, but Mokwena's team held on to record a goalless draw and advanced 2-0 on aggregate into the semis.
On the other hand, African football giants Al Ahly advanced to the semi-finals of this competition on the away goals rule.
Marcel Koller's men earned a deserved 2-2 draw away at Simba SC with Reda Slim and Kahraba scoring for the reigning Champions League holders in the first leg.
In the return leg, Kahraba netted again to draw level 13 minutes from time after Simba had gone ahead from Sadio Kanoute's goal in the 69th minute.
Al Ahly qualified for the semi-finals on the away goals with a 3-3 aggregate score.
Mamelodi Sundowns vs Al Ahly probable lineups
Sundowns have a traditional 3-4-3 formation which has worked so well for the team this season.
Mokwena will be unbothered by the red card Mvala suffered against Petro last time out as Grant Kekana is expected to fill in the right-back position. The rest of the team are good to go except for Peter Shalulile who still has concerns with match fitness.
Al Ahly, meanwhile, are expected to carry on with the team's 4-3-3 formation which they employed in their last away fixture against Simba SC.
Aliou Dieng, Reda Sim and Percy Tau should spearhead the attack line for the Egyptian side.
Here is our probable lineups for both teams in this African Football League semi-final first leg:
Ronwen Williams (GK); Rivaldo Coetzee, Teboho Mokoena, Grant Kekana; Khuliso Mudau, Aubrey Maphosa, Marcelo Allende, Abdelmounaim Boutouil; Gaston Sirino, Themba Zwane, Junior Mendieta.
Mohamed El-Shenawy (GK); Mohammed Hany, Rami Rabia, Mohamed Abdelmonem, Ali Maaloul; Marwan Attia, Mohamed Afsha, Karim Eldbees; Aliou Dieng, Reda Slim, Percy Tau.
Mamelodi Sundowns vs Al Ahly confirmed lineups
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Mamelodi Sundowns vs Al Ahly head-to-head
These two CAF Champions League heavyweights have met on 10 occasions in the last four years, with their most recent clash coming in the CAF Champions League group stage last March.
In that stretch, Mamelodi Sundowns have won 4 matches, Al Ahly have won 3 matches, while 3 matches were drawn.
Here are the results of the last five meetings between both sides:
- 11 March 2023 – Mamelodi Sundowns 5-2 Al Ahly
- 25 February 2023 – Al Ahly 2-2 Mamelodi Sundowns
- 12 March 2022 – Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 Al Ahly
- 26 February 2022 – Al Ahly 0-1 Mamelodi Sundowns
- 22 May 2021 – Mamelodi Sundowns 1-1 Al Ahly
Mamelodi Sundowns vs Al Ahly best odds
This match is going to be a cracking first leg affair at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium where Sundowns have not lost to Al Ahly since 2019.
Masandawana have beaten the reigning CAF Champions League winners four times, with three wins in their last five visits to South Africa.
Sundowns have picked back-to-back wins in recent times, and will look to make it three straight victories at home over Al Ahly.
Seventeen goals have been scored by both teams at Sundowns' turf in the last five matches, and both sides have found the back of the net in four of the said number of games.
The above stats have given us three options as best odds for this game from 1xbet as follows:
- Mamelodi Sundowns win @ 2.35 odds
- Both teams to score @ 1.92 odds
- Over 2.5 goals @ 2.25 odds
Mamelodi Sundowns vs Al Ahly match details
- Date: Sunday, 29 October 2023
- Time: 15:00 SAST
- Venue: Loftus Versfeld Stadium
- Live streaming: CAF TV YouTube
This article was most recently revised and updated 3 weeks ago