All eyes will be on the Loftus Versfeld Stadium as Mamelodi Sundowns vs Nouadhibou go toe-to-toe with each other on Sunday. Can the visitors pull off a huge upset in their CAF Champions League opener, or will it be business as usual for Masandawana?
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It's worth mentioning that this will be the Sundowns' first game since their African Football League (AFL) triumph earlier this month. That said, here's how we think both teams will line up for this clash:
Mamelodi Sundowns vs Nouadhibou probable lineups
Goalkeeper: Ronwen Williams.
Defenders: Mothobi Mvala, Teboho Mokoena, Mosa Lebusa.
Midfielders: Khuliso Mudau, Marcelo Allende, Aubrey Maphosa Modiba Abdelmounaim Boutouil.
Strikers: Peter Shalulile, Themba Zwane, Lucas Ribeiro.
Rhulani Mokwena alternated between the 4-3-3 and 3-4-3 formations in his side's last five games. He will likely use the latter, with Peter Shalulile, Themba Zwane and Lucas Ribeiro leading the charge. There are no new absentees for Masandawana ahead of this match.
Goalkeeper: Babacar Diop.
Defenders: Moustapha Diaw, Demini Saleck, Soukrana Mheimid, Mohamed El Abd.
Midfielders: Hassen Teguedi, Oumar M’Bareck, Bodda Mouhsine.
Strikers: Bassam Ahmed, Abderrahmane Chighaly, Abderrahim Makran.
On the other hand, Aritz Lopez Garai is expected to adopt a 4-3-3 formation for this game. The Spaniard will be pleased to have a healthy group of players to choose from, as Nouadhibou have no injured or suspended players heading into this game.
Mamelodi Sundowns vs Nouadhibou confirmed lineups
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Mamelodi Sundowns vs Nouadhibou predictions
Prediction 1: Mamelodi Sundowns to win
A case can be made for Nouadhibou. They've won three matches in a row, and have no losses in their last seven games. However, unlike the teams Nouadhibou faced in that stretch, Mamelodi Sundowns will be a bigger fish to fry.
Masandawana have proven to be one of the best teams in African football these past few years. Not only did they win the African Football League title this year, Mokwena's side were also semifinalists in the previous edition of the CAF Champions League.
In contrast, the last time Nouadhibou made it through to the group stages of a CAF tournament was in 2019, where they finished last in their Confederations Cup group.
Taking everything into account, anything other than a victory for the Sundowns would be a surprise.
Prediction 2: One team will fail to score
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We've pointed out that Nouadhibou are currently on a three-match winning run. It may also interest you to know that they didn't concede any goals in that stretch.
The Mauritanian team's games have mostly been one-sided in goal-scoring terms, as both teams managed to score in just three of their last 12 matches across all competitions.
In the same vein, Mamelodi Sundowns kept five clean sheets in their last six matches, and for this reason, we are fairly confident that one of these teams will keep a clean sheet.
Prediction 3: Under 2.5 goals
Given that Masandawana conceded in just one of their last six matches, it's no surprise that their games have mostly been on the low-scoring side. As a matter of fact, Mokwena's side saw seven of their last nine matches go below the 2.5-goal mark.
Similarly, all of Nouadhibou's last five games featured less than three goals, and on that note, we shouldn't expect many goals in this encounter.
Best of luck to Mamelodi Sundowns as they embark on their CAF Champions League journey!
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Where to watch Mamelodi Sundowns vs Nouadhibou live
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This article was most recently revised and updated 3 months ago