Persepolis vs Al Ahli match preview
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 22 August 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
First things first, before placing any bet on this game you should keep in mind that it’s being held not in Iran, at Persepolis’ proper home, but at a neutral venue, in Muscat, Oman, since teams from Iran and Saudi Arabia don’t visit each other, for reasons that obviously have nothing to do with football. The new championship season in Iran started almost a month ago, meaning that Persepolis have been playing regular official football for four weeks now. They had three wins in their first three games, and only dropped points last Wednesday, in their home game against Siah Jamegan (1-1). In the previous round they eliminated Al Duhail, as Lekhwiya are now known, after merging with another club.
Jeddah’s Al Ahli have also been playing official matches for two weeks now, after the start of the new championship campaign in Saudi Arabia. They lost 2-1 at Al Ittifaq on the opening day, but last Thursday they bounced back, thrashing Al Fateh 4-0 at home. In the previous round of the Champions League they eliminated Shabab Al Ahli Dubai, another… product of a recent merge (Shabab, Al Ahli, Dubai, all three used to be separate clubs), drawing 1-1 at home, but beating them 3-1 on the road.
Previous 5 matches:
Persepolis FC vs Siah Jamegan 1-1
Naft Tehran vs Persepolis FC 0-3
Tractor Sazi vs Persepolis FC 1-2
Persepolis FC vs Foolad Khuzestan 2-0
Arsenal Kyiv vs Persepolis FC 0-0
Al Ahli vs Al Fateh 4-0
Al Ittifaq vs Al Ahli 2-1
Konyaspor vs Al Ahli 4-0
Alanyaspor vs Al Ahli 0-3
Udinese vs Al Ahli 4-1
Next game for Persepolis is this Friday, at Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz (Persian Gulf Pro League). Al Ahli SC Jeddah’s next game is on September 12, at home, against Persepolis, the return leg of this tie.
Persepolis vs Al Ahli: Head to head Stats
Persepolis and Al Ahli have never played against each other before.
Persepolis vs Al Ahli: Prediction
I repeat, the game is being held at a neutral venue, which does make a big difference. Persepolis are given as slight favorites to win, but I’m backing the ‘visitors’ to earn at least a draw.
Persepolis vs Al Ahli: Betting Tips
Al Ahli’s double chance pays 1.53. Deep down I expect a draw, at 3.00 betting odds, with both teams scoring (4.25).
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