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AFC Champions League: Chennai City face tough Bahraini Premier League's Al Riffa

AFC Champions League: Chennai City face tough Bahraini Premier League's Al Riffa

Facing a more experienced team like Al Riffa in the first leg of the 2020 AFC Champions League qualifying, Chennai City may endure a hard match.

Chennai City vs Al Riffa match information

Time: 20:30 (GMT+8) on January 14th

Venue: Nehru Stadium, Coimbatore

‎‎Competition: 2020 AFC Champions League

The Indian defending champion Chennai City does not get off to a good start in the new season and is currently ranked fourth in the standings of the I League with 8 points after 6 rounds.

Starting the season with a 1-0 home win against TRAU, Chennai City unexpectedly failed to win 4 games in a row with 2 draws and 2 losses, and just won their recent match against Gokulam by the score of 3-2.

Meanwhile, the defending champion of Bahraini Premier League - Al-Riffa is currently ranked 7th on the standings by having only 6 points after 4 rounds. However, in the last 5 matches, Al-Riffa is still unbeaten with 4 wins and 1 draw, including 2 in the league and 3 in the national cup.

However, the away form of Al-Riffa is not really good with 2 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses in the last 5 matches far from home

Historically, Chennai City has never participated in the AFC Champions League, while Al-Riffa has only once participated and was eliminated from the first qualifying round of the 2015 season.

Overall, it will be difficult for Chennai City to win against their opponents even at home due to the host's lack of experience.

Chennai City vs Al Riffa possible lineups:

Chennai City: Nauzet Santana, Bijay Chhetri, Roberto Eslava, Vijay, Ajith Kumar, Sandro Rodríguez, Ahmed Sahib, Charles Anandraj, Katsumi Yusa, Mashoor Shereef, Fito.

Al Riffa: A. Al Kaabi, A. Saeid, A. Al Hazaa, A. Al Marzooqi, K. Hmani, A. Al Radhiea, F. Bodhom, A. Jalal, S. Al Husaini, A. Hassan, Elton.

Chennai City vs Al Riffa score predictions: 2-2