News ID: 213269
Published: 0230 GMT April 15, 2018

Persepolis, Esteghlal seeking top-spot finish in ACL groups

Persepolis, Esteghlal seeking top-spot finish in ACL groups

Persepolis can finish as table-topper in Group C of the 2018 AFC Champions League if the Persian Gulf Pro League champion overcomes Al Sadd at Azadi Stadium on Monday.

The Iranian side has won both of its home games and secured its place in the next round following a scoreless draw away at Nasaf two weeks ago, the-afc.com reported.

Al Sadd currently occupies first position and two more goals from striker Baghdad Bounedjah in a 2-1 victory over Al Wasl in early April confirmed a place in the last 16.

The host, which is without the suspended Shoja Khalilzadeh, drew 1-1 with Pars Jam Bushehr on Wednesday although the Reds have already been crowned Iranian champions.

The visitor’s last Qatar Stars League game was a 9-1 victory over Al Kharitiyath just over a week ago as it brought a poor recent domestic run to an end.

Elsewhere, bottom faces top in Group D of competitions when Al Hilal takes on Esteghlal at Kuwait Sports Club Stadium.

Esteghlal is already assured of a place in the next round having beaten Al Rayyan 2-0 in early April, but the Iranian side must avoid defeat to win the group.

The two-time continental champion, which is without suspended duo Roozbeh Cheshmi and Omid Ebrahimi, warmed up for the game with a 1-1 draw against Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz last week.

Runner-up last year, Al Hilal’s form has dropped dramatically this time round and its 2-1 defeat in Al Ain on Matchday Five confirmed the Saudi side’s early elimination.

The Saudi giant goes into the game on a high, though, after a 4-1 win over Al Fateh secured the Saudi Pro League title on Thursday. Ali Al Bulayhi misses the game through suspension.

   
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