Tractor Sazi vs Al Jazira
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 13 March 2018
Kick-off: 13:30 CET
What a difference… After losing to Al Ahli at home and then at Al Gharafa, conceding a total of four goals, Tractor Sazi visited Al Jazira last week, and earned a very deserved point. Especially in the first half they had golden chances to open the scoring, a couple in the second half as well, even though, as expected, Al Jazira looked more attacking after halftime. Generally, Tractor Sazi put on a very gutsy performance, earning their first point in the group. This game against Al Jazira is their best chance to become a candidate for a top 2 spot. If they win, they keep dreaming. Any other result, even a draw, will leave them with very few chances, if not downright eliminated.
Tractor Sazi didn’t play last weekend, and neither did Al Jazira. They looked rather… surprised last week, when they hosted the Iranian side, as if they thought it would be an easy game. They were caught off-guard on half a dozen occasions, and were lucky not to concede. They took control in the second half, defended better, created some chances to score, but all in all, they cannot say that the final 0-0 is unfair to them. It was what they deserved, and maybe even a little more than that. Al Jazira are second in the table, level on points with Al Gharafa, whom they have already won 3-2, but still have to visit.
Previous five matches:
Al Jazira vs Tractor Sazi 0-0
Tractor Sazi vs Paykan 0-1
Pars Jam Bushehr vs Tractor Sazi 1-1
Al Gharafa vs Tractor Sazi 3-0
Tractor Sazi vs Al Ahli 0-1
Al Jazira vs Tractor Sazi 0-0
Shabab Al Ahli Dubai vs Al Jazira 2-1
Al Jazira vs Hatta 2-1
Al Ahli vs Al Jazira 2-1
Al Jazira vs Dibba Al Fujairah 0-1
Tractor Sazi’s next game is on March 30, at Zob Ahan (Iran championship). Al Jazira are hosting Al Ain the coming Saturday (UAE championship).
Tractor Sazi vs Al Jazira: Head to head Stats
Tractor Sazi have hosted Al Jazira twice the last five years. They beat them 3-1 in 2013, and then again 4-0 in 2016 (both AFC CL group stage matches).
Tractor Sazi vs Al Jazira: Prediction
I really liked what I saw from Tractor Sazi last week, but… 1.72? Their win in this game? I’m not buying that.
Tractor Sazi vs Al Jazira: Betting Tips
Al Jazira’s double chance pays 2.05 and I have to go with that, as it pays much better than Tractor Sazi’s win alone, in a game that personally I don’t see a favourite. I do see Al Jazira look much better prepared to face Tractor Sazi, compared to last week, when they looked rather surprised.
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