Al Sadd vs Persepolis
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 20 February 2018
Kick-off: 16:30 CET
I was practically ruling out Al Wasl’s win when they hosted Al Sadd last week, I suggested Al Sadd’s double chance as the most… conservative way to approach the match, but I had my doubts about Al Sadd as well, so I suggested their win only in “draw no bet”. Turned out, despite losing 1-0 until the 80th minute, Al Sadd found the way not just to avoid defeat, but to leave the pitch with all three points. Algerian Baghdad Bounedjah came off the bench in the 58th minute, and 20 minutes later he received a gorgeous pass by Xavi to send the ball in, equalising 1-1. Same player, seconds before the 90-minute mark, took advantage of a defensive mistake to score a second goal, giving Al Sadd a relatively “flattering” 2-1 win, in the sense that given how the whole game went, a draw would have been, maybe, a more fitting result. On a side-note, I have to express my… disbelief seeing the way Bounedjah celebrated his first goal. Xavi’s pass was… half the goal, the Catalan ran to his teammate to celebrate, but the 26-year-old Algerian couldn’t care less, he had other priorities. I just… don’t get it, how can someone receive such a pass from Xavi, not from any teammate, but Xavi, and… ignore him like that in his celebration. It’s just beyond me… He scored again on Saturday, in Al Sadd’s 5-1 triumph over Al Arabi, in Qatar’s championship. They are second, two points behind leaders Al Duhail, with five games left.
It took Persepolis some time to finish the game off last week when they hosted Nasaf Qarshi, but still, by the 66th minute they were at 2-0, not worrying about dropping points. Five minutes later, Ali Alipour, scorer of their second goal, scored again. Final score, 3-0, perfect if you followed my “Persepolis and over 2.5 goals” suggestion. It was at 2.40, much better than a simple Persepolis win (1.36). The 22-year-old striker has been having a fantastic season. No less than 17 goals in 22 championship appearances, and now two goals in his first 2018 AFC Champions League match. Last year he had one in 11 appearances in Asia’s biggest football competition (at club level). No game for Persepolis last weekend.
Previous five matches:
Al Sadd vs Al Arabi 5-1
Al Wasl vs Al Sadd 1-2
Al Rayyan vs Al Sadd 0-2
Qatar SC vs Al Sadd 1-3
Al Gharafa vs Al Sadd 0-4
Persepolis vs Nasaf Qarshi 3-0
Sanat Naft vs Persepolis 0-3
Persepolis vs Sepahan 2-0
Paykan vs Persepolis 1-3
Persepolis vs Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz 1-1
Al Sadd’s next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus Al Ahli (Qatar championship). Persepolis are hosting Esteghlal Khuzestan on Saturday (Iran championship).
Al Sadd vs Persepolis: Head to head Stats
Al Sadd and Persepolis have never played against each other before.
Al Sadd vs Persepolis: Prediction
Both teams have played seven matches in 2018 thus far, and they haven’t lost a single one. All things considered, I feel draw is the most probable result.
Al Sadd vs Persepolis: Betting Tips
Draw pays 3.31. Persepolis’ double chance is my more conservative suggestion, at 1.53 betting odds.
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- Esteghlal vs Al Hilal
- Cerezo Osaka vs Guangzhou Evergrande
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