Odds against Wydad for Chiefs clash

CAF Champions League

Wydad Casablanca have arrived in South Africa for their CAF Champions League meeting with Kaizer Chiefs carrying a winless record in their last six visits to the country.

Worse for Wydad is that they are generally poor travellers and evidence of this is that they have won only three of their last 26 away games.

Their latest travels have them in Johannesburg, where Chiefs wait in anticipation as hosts for the second leg of the CAF Champions League semi-final tie at FNB Stadium this weekend.

It is advantage to Amakhosi after their hard-fought 1-0 victory away in Casablanca last Saturday.

All that Chiefs need to do to be guaranteed of reaching their first ever premier continental club final is to avoid defeat at home on Saturday evening (18h00 kick-off).

Wydad touched down at OR Tambo International Airport on Wednesday evening after having fielded a second-string side for their 2-0 win over RS Berkane on Tuesday night in the domestic Botola Pro League.

On their last trip to this part of Africa, to face the same opponents during the group stages, the Moroccan outfit again brought a weakened team after having already qualified for the quarterfinals and as a Covid-19 precautionary measure.

On that Saturday evening they lost 1-0.

Prior to that, they had also faced Mamelodi Sundowns in five Champions League games in South Africa without winning any.

In February 2020, they lost by a solitary Ricardo Nascimento goal at Lucas 'Masterpieces' Moripe Stadium as they finished second in Group C.

The previous year, two meetings were played between the two clubs in Tshwane. In the first match – a Group A tie, The Brazilians were 2-1 winners on January 19 before they clashed again in a blood and thunder semi-final tie which finished goalless.

Wydad progressed to the final after having won at home.

They had again been pitted together in the 2018 Champions’ League group stages with the game in Tshwane ending in a 1-1 draw.

In the 2017 edition, they met in the quarterfinals – Sundowns won 1-0 at home before losing by the same scoreline in Casablanca with the game ultimately decided by penalties, which Wydad won.

However, what matters now is that in Wydad’s last six visits to South Africa for Champions League games, they have lost four and drawn two.

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