AFC – DUBAI, Al Wasl will be eliminated from the AFC Champions League if they suffer a fourth successive defeat in Tuesday’s game with Group C leaders Persepolis at Zabeel Stadium.
Farshad Ahmadzadeh and Ali Alipour got on the scoresheet as Persepolis claimed a 2-0 victory over Al Wasl in Tehran last week to remain top of the standings at the midway point of the group stage.
The loss was Al Wasl’s third in a row and, realistically, only a win on home soil will keep their hopes of reaching the next phase alive. They will be able to call on Ali Salmin once more after the midfielder served a one-game ban last week.
Persepolis go into the encounter boasting a fine recent record against Emirati opposition, having won their last five games against sides from the UAE, and a sixth victory in succession would leave them in a strong position ahead of the last two rounds of fixtures.
With Persepolis above Al Sadd and Nasaf on goal difference alone going into to Matchday Four, Group C is already looking like a close finish awaits, with the top three locked together on six points in an intriguing battle.