Buriram United vs Cerezo Osaka
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 6 March 2018
Kick-off: 12:00 CET
A week after drawing 1-1 at Guangzhou Evergrande, Buriram United hosted Jeju United, a team nowhere near Guangzhou’s level, but… somehow, nothing worked for Buriram, starting from the attendance at the stadium, and going to the very last detail on the pitch. Less than two minutes into the game, they conceded, and before the 20-minute mark, they were 2-0 down, conceding again from the penalty spot, in front of a tiny (by their standards) crowd. When they finally reacted and started creating chances, there was always some… flaw in the finishing. No change, 0-2, a very disappointing result for Buriram. They won both Thai league games since then, they are on 12 points from four matches, a great boost ahead of this massive game against Cerezo.
Cerezo Osaka’s win in “draw no bet” and “under 2.5 goals” were my two tips two weeks ago when the Japanese side hosted Guangzhou Evergrande. I didn’t trust Cerezo to beat Guangzhou without the safety net of “draw no bet”, and the game ended in a goalless draw. Cerezo created less chances than their guests, and had their best one no earlier than in the 87th minute. If they hadn’t beaten Jeju United in Korea a week earlier, that draw to Guangzhou would look very bad, but… under the circumstances, it wasn’t a particularly bad result. In two J-League matches since their draw with Guangzhou, they earned two more draws, not the start they were dreaming of in Japan’s championship.
Previous five matches:
Buriram United vs Prachuap 3-0
Chainat Hornbill vs Buriram United 0-2
Buriram United vs Jeju United 0-2
Buriram United vs Bangkok Glass 1-0
Guangzhou Evergrande vs Buriram United 1-1
Cerezo Osaka vs Consadole Sapporo 3-3
Cerezo Osaka vs Yokohama F. Marinos 1-1
Cerezo Osaka vs Guangzhou Evergrande 0-0
Jeju United vs Cerezo Osaka 0-1
Kawasaki Frontale vs Cerezo Osaka 2-3
Buriram United’s next game is at Bangkok United, on Saturday (Thailand championship). Same day, Cerezo Osaka will be visiting Kashiwa Reysol (Japan championship).
Buriram United vs Cerezo Osaka: Head to head Stats
Buriram United have hosted Cerezo Osaka once before, in 2014. That AFC CL group stage match ended in a 2-2 draw.
Buriram United vs Cerezo Osaka: Prediction
I’m going against the odds, I’m backing Buriram United to earn at least a draw, counting on them to look way-way improved compared to that game against Jeju United.
Buriram United vs Cerezo Osaka: Betting Tips
Buriram’s double chance pays 1.95, better than Cerezo’s win alone. “Under 2.5 combined goals”, at 1.87, is my other tip.
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