Asante Kotoko vs Zesco United – Ghanaians to claim first CAF Confed Cup win

Back hosts to keep up impressive home form with win & over 2.5 goals
Asante Kotoko vs Zesco United
Hosts Asante Kotoko are tipped to pick up first win of CAF Confed Cup group stage against Zesco United (Getty Images)

Asante Kotoko vs Zesco United Match Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


A home win is the tip when Asante Kotoko play Zesco United in a CAF Confederation Cup Group C clash at the Baba Yara Stadium. The Ghanaian giants are strong at home and with the visitors struggling on their travels lately, a win for Asante is predicted at odds of 1.80.

Asante Kotoko Form & Team News


Asante Kotoko have been in good form heading into Wednesday's clash as they are unbeaten in four of their last five matches. They have claimed three wins in that run and are seeking their first three points of this season’s CAF Confederation Cup.

Kotoko suffered a 1-0 defeat away at Al Hilal Omdurman in their opening match in the group. Charles Akonnor's team were second best to the Sudanese club for much of the contest.

Maxwell Baakoh was one of the standout players for the Kotoko in the CAF Confederation Cup qualifiers and should start in attack on Wednesday. The forward should be joined by Yacouba Songne and Emmanuel Gyamfi, who also impressed during the qualifiers.

Asante Kotoko
Asante Kotoko have won five of their last six home matches (Getty Images)

Zesco United Form & Team News


Zesco United began their campaign in this year's CAF Confederation Cup with a 2-0 victory at home against Nkana. However, their away form in the competition is poor having claimed just one win in 11 matches.

Zesco are coming off a 2-0 victory at home against Nakambala Leopards in the Zambian Super League. First half goals from Jesse Were and Quadri Kola were enough to earn George Lwandamina's team the win.

Were and Kola are likely to start on Wednesday following their goals against Nakambala. However, both men are set to feature for a Zesco United team that is winless in 10 of their last 11 away matches.

Asante Kotoko vs Zesco United Head-to-Head 


This will be the first ever meeting between Asante Kotoko and Zesco United.

Asante Kotoko vs Zesco United Match Up 


Asante Kotoko will be banking on their good home form having won five of their last six matches in front of their fans. They have also scored six goals in their last three matches and with Gyamfi, Baakoh and Songne, should have too much quality for the Zambians.

Zesco United have struggled on their travels in the CAF Confederation Cup having failed to win in 10 of their last 11 away matches. They are likely to struggle in Ghana against a solid Asante Kotoko team.

Asante Kotoko vs Zesco United Key Statistics 


  • Asante Kotoko have won 5 of their last 6 home matches (CAF Confederation Cup).
  • Asante Kotoko have seen over 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 5 home matches (CAF Confederation Cup).
  • Zesco United have scored at least 1 goal in 4 if their last 6 away matches (all competitions).

Verdict


Asante Kotoko have been fantastic at home in the CAF Confederation Cup having won five of their last six matches. They have scored six goals in their last three and with Gyamfi, Songne and Baakoh, should have too much for a Zesco team who have a terrible away record.

A home win is my prediction here with Asante Kotoko tipped to edge an outcome of over 2.5 goals.

Best Bet: Asante Kotoko Win @ 1.80 at bet365 – 5 Units
Value Bet: Asante Kotoko Win & Over 2.5 goals @ 4.00 at bet365 – 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: Asante Kotoko Win 2-1 @ 8.50 at bet365 – 1 Unit
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