Ligue 1 (Play-off): Espérance-Etoile, a clasico with distinct objectives
A thrilling clasico opposing, Sunday in Radès (4:00 p.m.), the Esperanto leader and Etoile du Sahel (4th) will close the 4th play-off day of Ligue 1 professional football.
It will be the first clasico of the season in the league between the two teams who leave this time with separate objectives: the blood and gold (10 pts) will try to consolidate their leadership and the starred approach the top of the classification.
Return to Victory
Radhi Jaidi’s proteges will try to regain victory after the disappointing draw in the last Tunisian derby against Club Africain, to widen the gap at the top of the standings, at the risk of remaining under threat from their pursuers, US Monastir and the African Club.
As a result, the usemist dolphin, held in check by the US Ben Guerdane (0-0), is indeed following 1 point behind, and he is closely followed by the formation of Bab Jedid, including a victory this Saturday against CS Sfaxien would propel him to the top of the standings.
In addition, the blood and gold workforce will record on this occasion the return of defenders Abdelkader Badrane, Héni Amamou and Zied Machmoum which will give more choice to the technical staff at the level of the axis of defense and the two corridors which have functioned during the last days allowing the team of Bab Souika to concede so far only one goal.
For their part, the stars (4th with 5 points) who suffered a blow last week against their Monastir neighbor (2-4) costing the place of coach Lassad Jarda, will try to get back on their feet to boost their chances. in the race for one of the two qualifying places for the Champions League.
Even if there are still six days to go, Iheb Msakni’s teammates will need to restore their morale and reassure their supporters, especially as another defeat would compromise their chances of catching up.
In short, the star formation will nevertheless be amputated from the services of attacking midfielder Yassine Amri, suspended, but will record in return the return of defenders Malek Baayou and Ghofrane Nawali, recovered from their injury, which will give more efficiency to the defensive animation , Achilles’ heel of the team which received 6 goals in its woods.
Friday May 13
US Monastir – US Ben Guerdane 0-0
Saturday May 14
CS Sfaxien – African Club
Sunday May 15
Hope of Tunis – Star of the Sahel
Ranking Pts J G N D BP BC Diff
1. Expectancy 10 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2
2. US Monastir 9 4 2 1 1 5 3 +2
3. C African 7 3 1 1 1 1 1 0
4 . ES Sahel 5 3 1 1 1 8 6 +2
5. CS Sfaxien 4 3 0 2 1 2 3 – 1
6. USB Guerdane 3 4 0 2 2 1 6 -5