Football: Tunisia, Division One, Round 12
Stadium: Stade Hammadi Agrebi
Time: 23.06.2023, 06:30 PM
ON SATURDAY, Esperance ST will square off with Sportif Sfaxien at the Stade Hammadi Agrebi Stadium. The host must win by a margin to stand a chance of playing continental football, while the visitors literally have nothing to play for this season again.
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Last five games: WWLWD
The Blood and Gold have not been able to replicate last season’s form and have managed five victories since the commencement of this round. Esperance ST performed well in their recent game against Etoile du Sahel. The game ended in a toothless stalemate and was an excellent result for Esperance in their bid to qualify for the CAF Champions League spot. Esperance ST have not had a smooth start to the season but can still challenge the league leaders to the title. Esperance ST have scored eleven times in their last five matches, picking up ten points from a combined fifteen. Esperance ST are the most successful team in this competition and have won it fifteen (15) times. Esperance have won four and drawn once at home in this round.
Last five games: DDLWL
The visitors’ dream of playing in the CAF Competition next season was truncated when they lost to Olympique Beja on the road. The home side struck twice without a response from the Sfaxien side. Maurizio Jacobacci’s men have struggled in front of goals over their last three games, scoring once while conceding four goals. Sportif Sfaxien have nothing else to play for this season and must prepare themselves well for the next campaign.
Sportif Sfaxien have won once and lost four in the previous five away games.
Over their previous twenty meetings, Esperance ST have won eight, while Sportif Sfaxien have recorded five victories and seven games ending in a stalemate. Sportif Sfaxien haven’t lost against the home side over their last four matches, scoring in each of the previous meetings. Sfaxien are not the team they used to be and have only won twice on the road this season. Esperance ST are more than desperate to rewrite their fortunes here after a slow start to the season. A defeat here could halt their hope of playing in the CAF Competitions. Sfaxien lack the motivation to compete against the home side; bet on Esperance to win for 1.60.
We expect the home side to win and score more than once for 2.01.
Esperance ST might secure a halftime win here for 2.03.