ACL2016 Group A preview (Al Ittihad, Lokomotiv, Sepahan, Al Nasr)

The group of death in my opinion because the high level of the teams involved, Sepahan and Al Ittihad are the favorites to qualify for the next stage and then comes Lokomotiv Tashkent who wants to improve because in their debut season in the group stage last year they ended last with 4 points.

Sepahan returns to the competition after 2 years of absence in which they couldn´t past beyond the group stage being placed in a tough group in that edition.

Al Ittihad are back in the big scene after 2 years of absence and they want to relive their glory days, they earned their place in the group stage after winning 2-1 vs Al Wehdat from Jordan. the last time they participated they reached the quarterfinals only being eliminated by Al Ain.

For Lokomotiv Tashkent this is their 2nd participation in a row in the competition and as it happened last year, they were the revelation of the Uzbek League last year but this year they will face difficult and very experienced opponents, they count with a very experienced squad like Ignatiy Nesterov, Timur Kapadze, Marat Bikmaev, Jasur Hasanov.

Al Nasr SC from Dubai last participation was in 2013, they qualified for this edition as the 2014-15 UAE President´s Cup winner and this year they will play again vs Lokomotiv, in 2013 both teams played in the playoff stage where the UAE club emerged as victors. when they played in the group stage they only got 1 point from their draw vs Al Alhi Jeddah.

 

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