Al Wahda vs Zob Ahan
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 12 March 2018
Kick-off: 16:00 CET
Zob Ahan’s win last week was paying just under 1.90, that was my only tip when they hosted Al Wahda, and they won indeed, 2-0. Al Wahda looked extremely vulnerable defensively, and should feel thankful that they left Iran having lost “only” 2-0. They are still to earn a point in the group, and, needless to mention it, if they don’t win this game, against the team that are right above them in the table, they can kiss their last mathematical chances of finishing in the top 2 goodbye. On Friday they beat Dibba Al Fujairah 4-2 at home in the first leg of an Arabian Gulf Cup (UAE League Cup) semifinal. The return leg is in two weeks.
After losing their first two games in the group, Zob Ahan were “obliged” to beat the weakest side of the bunch at home last week, and they rose to the occasion, winning 2-0, being by far the better team on the pitch. To really boost their chances of finishing in the top 2 though, they need to repeat last week’s success. They are three points behind second-placed Lokomotiv Tashkent, and they still have to visit them, on the last day of the group stage. Unlike Al Wahda, they didn’t play last weekend, they had a whole week to prepare for this match. Not even a draw will be a really good result for them, given how things are in the group. They need to win, something they haven’t managed in their last three away games, AFC CL and Iran championship combined.
Previous five matches:
Al Wahda vs Dibba Al Fujairah 4-2
Zob Ahan vs Al Wahda 2-0
Al Ain vs Al Wahda 6-2
Al Wahda vs Shabab Al Ahli Dubai 0-0
Al Wahda vs Al Duhail 2-3
Zob Ahan vs Al Wahda 2-0
Pars Jam Bushehr vs Zob Ahan 0-0
Zob Ahan vs Padideh Khorasan 2-1
Zob Ahan vs Lokomotiv Tashkent 2-0
Al Duhail vs Zob Ahan 3-1
Al Wahda’s next game is on Friday, again at home, versus Emirates (UAE championship). Zob Ahan are playing again on March 30, at home, versus Tractor Sazi (Iran championship).
Al Wahda vs Zob Ahan: Head to head Stats
Al Wahda have hosted Zob Ahan once before, in 2010. They beat them 1-0 in an AFC CL group stage match.
Al Wahda vs Zob Ahan: Prediction
Al Wahda are considered slight favourites to win the game, but I really don’t see that. I’m backing Zob Ahan to leave the UAE undefeated.
Al Wahda vs Zob Ahan: Betting Tips
Zob Ahan’s double chance is at 1.40. Their win in “draw no bet” pays 1.70. If “over 2.5 goals” was paying more than 1.67, I’d suggest it, but I consider it unsatisfying, and I don’t want to take the risk of betting on “over 3.5 goals”, at 2.65. Al Wahda have conceded 10 goals in three group matches thus far, but… “only” two to Zob Ahan in Iran last week.
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