Plateau United will be looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit when they travel to Dar es Salam to face Simba SC for the second leg of the CAF Champions League preliminary round on Sunday evening.
Simba SC recorded an impressive victory when the pair met at the Jos International Stadium last weekend, meaning that Plateau United have plenty to do if they are to advance to the next round of the CAF Champions league.
It would be fair to write off Plateau United after suffering defeat to their host this weekend in Dar es Salam, as Simba SC will enjoy massive fan-based in this encounter.
The Tanzanian giants are in a strong position to reach the next round of the CAF Champions League, though, though, holding a 1-0 advantage from the first leg of their CAF Champions League with Plateau United at the New Jos Stadium last weekend. Plateau United hit the crossbar three times in the first half on Sunday, but Simba SC danger man Clatous Chama capitalized on the loose ball after goal scramble in Plateau United defence.
Plateau United would have been feeling good about themselves after the first leg, but there is a degree of uncertainty heading into the second leg with this task ahead Plateau United manager Abdul Maikaba could make some changes with the starting XI as they face an uphill task in Dar Es Salam.
The Peace boys were beaten by Nasarawa United in their last friendly match by Nasarawa United due to yet to be kickoff Nigeria Professional Football League 2020/21 season, the 2017 champions have only won one of their previous friendly matches after the Nigeria government lift the ban on contact sports due to covid19.
On the other hand, Sven Vanderbroeck Simba SC will be favourites to progress as they are getting week in, week out, with 13 games played, won 7, lost 2 and 2 draw there is no doubt that the Tanzania lions have the upper hand against Plateau United, with 7-0 spanking of Coastal Union in their last league match before edging past Plateau United in Nigeria
The manager has hinted that the encounter It’s going to be a tough game, it’s a game that we’ve scored one goal so we must be careful and hope fans come out in plenty to cheer us up. Their team is good so we need every kind of energy we have to get good results.”- Coach Sven Vandenbroeck towards tomorrow’s game against Plateau United
Plateau United recently played in a preseason friendly matches Plateau United 0-0 Abia Warriors, Enyimba FC 1-0 Plateau United, Plateau United 4-0 Dadinkowa, Plateau United 1-3, Plateau United 1-3 Yobe Desert Stars, Plateau United 1-2 Nasarawa United with an average of scored 1.67 goals per Match.
Plateau United in actual season average scored goals per match. In (%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In (%) matches in season 2020 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.
Meanwhile, Simba SC, coach Sven Vanderbroeck may choose to deploy a back five against Plateau United in avoiding any goal from youthful attacking side against utilised a back four.
Simba SC John Bocco is regarded as one of the club most dangerous player including Clatous Chama who do most of their deadly work in the attack With a striker in this type of goalscoring form, the sky really should be the limit for Simba SC this season.
Meanwhile, the Tanzanian lions have performed below expectations in the Tanzanian premier league with their recent form, they are currently on the 3 places in the Premier League table. Last game played with Coastal Union, which ended with result: Win Simba SC 0:7. The best players Simba SC in all leagues, who scored the most goals for the club: John Bocco 6 goals, Clatous Chama 2 goals, Hassan Dilunga 2 goals, Meddie Kagere 2 goals, Joash Onyango 1 goal, Luis Miquissone 1 goal, Chris Mugalu 1 goal.
Played 11 matches this season. Won 7 matches 2 ended in a draw. 2 were defeated. In 54.55% matches the total goals in the match was over 2.5 goals (Over 2.5). In 81.82% matches the sum of the goals was greater than 1.5 Goals (Over 1.5). In 6 matches Simba SC has not lost the goal. In 3 games, each team scored a goal in the match (both teams to score). Average goals: 2.64 per match
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Plateau United possible starting lineup:
Dele Ajiboye; Ikefe, Itodo, Charles Henlong, Buahri Ibrahim, Isah Ndalah, Kingsley Innocent Oche Selifu Ochowechi, Uche Owuasonnaya, Wasiu Jimoh, Sunday Adetunji,
Simba SC possible starting lineup:
Aishi Manula; Joshi Oyango, Clatous Chama, Bernard Morrsion, John Bocco,Ibrahim Ame,Medie Kagere, Janas Makude,Pascal Wawa,Rally Bwalya, Mzamiru Yassin.
Head To Head
This is the second time the two sides will meet in all competitions, with Simba SC leading the head-to-head record one victory to none, while there have also been two draws.
The pair first locked horns during the group stage of the 2012-13 competition, with Madrid running out 3-2 winners at home before a 1-1 draw in the reverse game at the Etihad Stadium.