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Sharjah vs Persepolis: Return of the champions

Sharjah vs Persepolis: Return of the champions

The two domestic reigning champions Sharjah and Persepolis will take on each other in matchday 2 of the AFC Champions League group C.

Sharjah vs Persepolis match information

Time: 23:35 (GMT+8) on February 18th

Venue: Sharjah Stadium

Competition: 2020 AFC Champions League

After the long-waiting UAE Pro League championship (23 years to be exact), Sharjah has been performing poorly this season and falling behind in the title race. In the last six matches in the league, Sharjah has suffered from 4 defeats and just managed to get one win. Their kick-off match at the AFC Champions League against Al Taawon also ended with a loss.

Things even got more complicated for the UAE champions when their maestro Igor Coronado has picked up an injury since December, 2019. Their hope now rests upon the shoulders of top scorer Ryan Mendes to aim for good results in their return to the AFC Champions League after 16 years of absence.

On the contrary, their opponent, Persian Gulf Pro League champions Persepolis, although started the AFC Champions League campaign with a loss to Al Duhail as well, has been demonstrating a stellar form in their domestic league with 9-match unbeaten streak with a staggering 8 wins.

Persepolis’ squad is also intact and not suffering from any injuries or suspensions.

Both Sharjah and Persepolis will surely want to bounce back from the defeats in the first matchday but with their current performances and squad status, a win for Persepolis is predictable.

Sharjah vs Persepolis potential lineups:

Sharjah: A. Al Hasoni, S. Abdulrahman, S. Sultan, M. Meloni, A. Hassan Saleh, M. Abdulbasit, R.Mendes, M. Surour, C. Lucas Fernandes, M. Ali

Persepolis: A. Beiranvand, J. Hosseini, S. Khalilzadeh, M. Ansari, K. Kamyabinia, V. Amiri, A. Nourollahi, M. Torabi, M. Shiri, A. Alipour, I. Osaguona

Sharjah vs Persepolis score predictions: 0-2