The Congolese Classico between AS VClub and TP Mazembe is starting soon. At the Stade des Martyrs the two rivals will battle it out for supremacy beyond expectations and above all, it will be decisive for the title race this season. Which of the two giants will be in best form? Who has the historic advantage in recent confrontations? Read to find out.
Fitness: Vita Club advantage
This season, Vita Club has played two league games. At the opening, Florent Ibenge’s men had not done things in detail. With a 3-1 win (goals from Lilepo, Mumbere and Makusu) against the Academicians, Vita started its season in the most beautiful way. On the same day, Mazembe dropped points against the promoted Blessing (0-0). A fuel exhaustion that made people talk about the ability of the Ravens attackers to convert their multiple opportunities.
On Matchday 2, VClub won against JSK 2-0. As for the rivals, their match against Lubumbashi Sport was postponed at the request of Mazembe after sending several players during the international break. The friendly matches are the only meetings delivered by the men of Drazen Cvetkovic before the big meeting. In the form of two teams, AS VClub takes the advantage.
History: Mazembe advantage but …
Vita Club vs Mazembe has established itself as the new Clasico in the last decade. There were memorable posters between Bana Mbongo and Ravens. Posters in which only the desire to win and passion reigned on the field. Mythical encounters, the secret of which Mazembe has discovered to dominate his opponent. The numbers speak for the black and white club
During their 20 games played since 2010, Mazembe has four times the number of victories (8) than rival Vita Club (2), and 10 draws. However, Vita’s two victories had come at … Stade des Martyrs (2017 and 2018). On the move, Mazembe has never won on his opponent’s field, the best result remaining a draw.
Verdict: Vita Club Advantage
At home and after its sparkling form since the start of the season, Vita Club is a favorite in the Clasico against Mazembe this Sunday. Florent Ibenge’s men seem better equipped for this match than their lush counterparts. The challenge of beating Mazembe (double winner of the Linafoot in 2019 and 2020) will be the ultimate motivation of the Bana Mbongo. In the other camp, the historical experience and the desire to finally launch the season will be the leitmotif to do battle with Vita. May the best win…