Al Hilal vs Al Rayyan
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 6 March 2018
Kick-off: 18:15 CET
Big things happened at Al Hilal after their 1-0 defeat to Esteghlal in Oman, two weeks ago. Argentine coach Ramón Díaz got fired(!), despite the fact that the team are about to win the championship in Saudi Arabia once again. According to reports, the Argentine refused to use two players that members of the club of directors asked him to consider for selection. After that, he was asked to… fire his son and assistant, something that he obviously refused. Next, came his own end at the club, no matter if Al Hilal fans demanded the club changed their mind. On Friday they beat Al Faisaly 1-0, maintaining their four-point gap to second-placed Al Ahli in Saudi Arabia’s championship, four game weeks before the end of the season.
Al Rayyan earned an unexpected point at Al Ain two weeks ago, being a bit lucky as well, as they seemed unable to score, but were “gifted” a totally unnecessary penalty by an Al Ain player. Two draws in two group matches are not actually that bad, considering that they are supposed to be (and are indeed) the less strong one of the bunch. On Thursday they got… dismembered 6-1 by Al Gharafa in Qatar’s championship, an utter humiliation by a team that are lower than them in the table. Even so, they remained third, which is their target, so as to play AFC CL football next season as well.
Previous five matches:
Al Hilal vs Al Faisaly 1-0
Esteghlal vs Al Hilal 1-0
Al Shabab vs Al Hilal 1-2
Al Hilal vs Al Ain 0-0
Al Hilal vs Al Nassr 2-2
Al Gharafa vs Al Rayyan 6-1
Qatar SC vs Al Rayyan 0-4
Al Ain vs Al Rayyan 1-1
Al Rayyan vs Al Sailiya 2-2
Al Rayyan vs Esteghlal 2-2
Al Hilal’s next game is at Al Ittifaq, on Friday (Saudi Arabia championship). Same day, Al Rayyan will be hosting Al Arabi (Qatar championship).
Al Hilal vs Al Rayyan: Head to head Stats
Al Hilal have hosted Al Rayyan twice before, beating them both times, 3-1 in 2013, and 2-1 last season. Both were AFC CL group stage matches.
Al Hilal vs Al Rayyan: Prediction
Al Hilal are… obliged to win, after earning just one little point from their first two group matches. I will be very surprised if they fail to beat Al Rayyan.
Al Hilal vs Al Rayyan: Betting Tips
A simple Al Hilal win pays just 1.45, but combined with a clean sheet it goes up to an awesome 2.87(!), as betting companies seem to consider it very probable that Al Rayyan score, having “both teams to score” at just 1.53. I don’t see that, I like Al Hilal’s chances of winning without conceding.
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