Stade Malien vs ASEC Mimosas – Few goals expected in cagey contest

Stade Malien vs ASEC Mimosas Match Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

Goals are likely to be scarce when Stade Malien host ASEC Mimosas in their CAF Champions League first round clash at the Stade Omnisports Modibo Keita. An outcome of under 2.5 goals looks to be on the cards with both teams settling for a draw.

Stade de Malien Bamako Form & Team News

The Malian champions progressed to this stage of the competition after claiming a 5-0 aggregate victory over USCAF of Central African Republic. They claimed a 1-0 victory in the first leg before returning home for a 4-0 triumph.
Stade Malien are regulars in the CAF Champions League having qualified for the last seven editions of the competition. The West African team fell at the preliminary round of the tournament last season after losing to Williamsville of Ivory Coast.
Oumar Kone scored twice in the two fixtures against USCAF and is expected to retain his place in the team on Saturday. Moussa Kone and Sadio Kanoute also impressed in the previous matches and are in contention to face the Ivorians.

ASEC Mimosas Form & Team News

ASEC have been inconsistent in the Ivorian Ligue 1 this season with six wins from 12 matches. They are fourth in the standings with 19 points, nine behind leader’s SOA.
The Ivorians qualified for this stage of the Champions League thanks to a 1-0 aggregate victory over Mangasport of Gabon. They earned a 1-0 win in Abidjan before settling for a goalless draw in the second leg.
ASEC Mimosas won the competition in 1998 and have reached two semi finals in subsequent editions. Abdoul Tapsoba struck the only goal in the tie against Mangasport and is set to feature on Saturday. 
Former champions ASEC Mimosas look good enough to claim a draw in the first leg (Getty Images)

Stade Malien v ASEC Mimosas Head-to-Head 

This will be the first ever meeting between Stade Malien and ASEC Mimosas.

Stade Malien vs ASEC Mimosas Match Up

Stade Malien are expected to play on the front foot as they look to claim a solid first leg advantage. With the exception of the 4-0 victory over USCAF, the Malians do not score lots of goals and are likely to come up short on Saturday
ASEC are known for their sturdy defence having kept clean sheets in three of their last four matches. The Ivorians are likely to adopt a conservative approach in Mali and will be confident of shutting out the home team’s attack.

Stade Malien vs ASEC Mimosas Key Statistics

  • Stade Malien have seen Under 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches (CAF Champions League).
  • Stade Malien are unbeaten in 8 of their last 9 home matches (CAF Champions League).
  • ASEC Mimosas have seen Under 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 7 matches (CAF Champions League).
  • ASEC Mimosas are unbeaten in 6 of their last 9 away matches (CAF Champions League).

Stade Malien vs ASEC Mimosas Verdict

Saturday’s clash looks poised to be a low scoring contest as Stade Malien and ASEC Mimosas are not known for scoring goals. The visitors have a good away record in the Champions League and should earn a draw in this one.
Best Bet: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.73 – 6 Units
Value Bet: Draw @ 3.40 – 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 @ 5.00 – 1 Unit

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