Al Ahli vs Persepolis FC match previews
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 12 September 2017
Kick-off: 17:15 CET
“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)”. These were my tips three weeks ago on the first leg between these two in Muscat, Oman. Al Ahli were 2-0 up in the 58th minute, but Persepolis managed to equalize with two goals in the last 15 minutes of the match. Al Ahli obviously missed a fantastic opportunity to finish the qualification off, but even that 2-2 has left them with the upper hand. Important detail, the game is not held in Saudi Arabia, but in Abu Dhabi (UAE), just like the first leg was held at a neutral venue. As I have written several times since the start of this season’s AFC Champions League, for reasons that have nothing to do with football, teams from Saudi Arabia and Iran don’t visit each other.
Given how the first leg went, Persepolis should feel relieved to have stayed alive. Almost an hour into the game in Muscat, they looked practically eliminated, losing 2-0. A header by Khalilzadeh and an awesome strike from a distance by Mensha gave the Iranian side a 2-2 draw, which, in this particular case, may be better than what it looks. That’s because the return leg, as previously mentioned, is not held in Saudi Arabia, so Persepolis don’t need to worry that much about Al Ahli’s home advantage. They do need to worry about the fact that Al Ahli scored twice in an – officially – away game for them. Persepolis picked up three more points in Iran’s championship last Thursday, and are sitting first in the table, with 13 points in five matches.
Previous 5 matches:
Persepolis vs Al Ahli Jeddah 2-2
Al Ahli Jeddah vs Al Fateh 4-0
Al Ittifaq vs Al Ahli Jeddah 2-1
Konyaspor vs Al Ahli Jeddah 4-0
Alanyaspor vs Al Ahli Jeddah 0-3
Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz vs Persepolis FC 0-3
Persepolis FC vs Al Ahli 2-2
Persepolis FC vs Siah Jamegan 1-1
Naft Tehran vs Persepolis FC 0-3
Tractor Sazi vs Persepolis FC 1-2
Al Ahli’s next game is on Sunday, at home, against Al Nassr, in Saudi Arabia’s championship. Same day, Persepolis will be hosting Paykan, in Iran’s championship.
Al Ahli vs Persepolis FC: Head to head Stats
The first leg of this quarterfinal back in August, was the first game ever between these two teams.
Al Ahli vs Persepolis FC: Prediction
Al Ahli are considered favorites not just to qualify, but win the game as well. I agree with both.
Al Ahli vs Persepolis FC: Betting Tips
Al Ahli’s win is at 1.85 betting odds. If that’s not enough for you, try Al Ahli and under 2.5 total goals scored. I don’t expect Persepolis to attack in numbers from the very beginning of the match, I expect them to take few risks until the 70th minute, the game to be at 0-0 until then, and Al Ahli to score a single goal in the last 10-15 minutes, finding more space to counterattack.
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