Preview - Group A: Tractorsazi v Al Gharafa
Tabriz: The bottom two sides in Group A of the 2018 AFC Champions League will close their continental campaigns on Tuesday as Tractorsazi Trabriz host Al Gharafa at Yadegar-e Emam Stadium.
Tractorsazi have endured a miserable campaign and have yet to pick up a win, with a 2-0 reversal against Al Ahli on Matchday Five finally confirming their elimination.
Al Gharafa’s 3-2 home defeat to Al Jazira two weeks ago ended the Qatari side’s hopes of progressing to the knockout rounds because of an inferior head-to-head record against the Emirati team.
The hosts’ form domestically has been equally disappointing as Friday’s loss to Sepidrood Rasht was their 10th game without a win, while Al Gharafa’s last game was a 3-0 win over Qatar SC.
Al Gharafa will be without Assim Madibo after his red card against Al Jazira as the sides aim to end the competition on a high having won just one game between them.