Lokomotiv Tashkent vs Al Duhail
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 12 March 2018
Kick-off: 13:00 CET
A simple Al Duhail win (1.50) and their victory combined with over 2.5 goals (2.05) were my two tips last week when Lokomotiv traveled to Qatar, and less than 25 minutes into the game the Uzbeks were living a nightmare, 3-0 down, having seen the hosts do practically anything they wanted on the pitch. Lokomotiv avoided conceding again in the first half, and two goals in a matter of three minutes relatively early in the second half gave them hope that they could, after all, leave Qatar undefeated. They still lost 3-2, they are down, third, but definitely not out yet. They are on three points, three less than second-placed Zob Ahan, whom they are still to host. Last Friday they drew 1-1 at home to Metalourg in their championship, where they are on four points from two matches.
Those first 25 minutes last week, were taken out of Al Duhail fans’ best dreams. Three beautiful goals, absolute dominance on the pitch. Between the 57th and the 59th minute, Al Duhail dropped the ball, conceded twice, but managed to regain control, and add three more points to their tally. They are leading in the group, on nine points from three matches, perfect record, they can afford to drop points in Uzbekistan, and a draw would definitely be a very good result for them, as it would leave Lokomotiv six points behind them. Plus, it would mean that Al Duhail would definitely be leaving Lokomotiv Tashkent below them in the table, since, even in the extreme case of drawing level on points after the sixth game week, they would still have the advantage over them, with a win at home, and a draw in Uzbekistan. Last Friday they scored five more goals in their championship, sealing the title, as the gap between them and second-placed Al Sadd grew to eight points, with just two matches remaining.
Previous five matches:
Lokomotiv Tashkent vs Metalourg 1-1
Al Duhail vs Lokomotiv Tashkent 3-2
Qizilqum vs Lokomotiv Tashkent 0-3
Zob Ahan vs Lokomotiv Tashkent 2-0
Lokomotiv Tashkent vs Al Wahda 5-0
Al Kharitiyath vs Al Duhail 0-5
Al Duhail vs Lokomotiv Tashkent 3-2
Al Duhail vs Al Sadd 4-3
Al Duhail vs Al Khor 4-0
Al Wahda vs Al Duhail 2-3
Lokomotiv Tashkent’s next game is at Navbahor, on Saturday (Uzbekistan championship). Same day, Al Duhail will be visiting Al Markhiya (Qatar championship).
Lokomotiv Tashkent vs Al Duhail: Head to head Stats
Lokomotiv have never hosted Al Duhail before.
Lokomotiv Tashkent vs Al Duhail: Prediction
Al Duhail are considered clear favourites to win. Fine by me, as I’m definitely backing the hosts to earn at least a draw.
Lokomotiv Tashkent vs Al Duhail: Betting Tips
Lokomotiv’s motive is bigger beyond description in this match, compared to that of Al Duhail. Obviously, motive alone doesn’t win you matches, but still, I feel Lokomotiv have proven their worth at home (not just this season), and are perfectly capable of earning at least a draw. Their double chance is at 1.67 betting odds, and their win in “draw no bet” pays a very good 2.25.
More AFC Champions League betting tips and match previews:
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- Tractor Sazi vs Al Jazira
- Al Wasl vs Persepolis
- Al Sadd vs Nasaf Qarshi
- Al Ahli vs Al Gharafa
- Jeju United vs Guangzhou Evergrande
- Cerezo Osaka vs Buriram United
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