Al Duhail vs Zob Ahan
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 12 February 2018
Kick-off: 14:15 CET
Al Duhail won the championship in Qatar last season, and they are leading in the table this season as well, with six matches left. To be more exact, it was Lekhwiya who won the championship, but they merged with El Jaish, this is how Al Duhail was created in April 2017. Last Thursday they beat Al Gharafa 5-1 away from home to stay first, two points above second-placed Al Sadd. They have been impressive, still undefeated (13 wins, three draws), having scored 59 goals(!), 14 more than Al Sadd. As Qatar champions, obviously they didn’t need to compete in the playoffs, making it directly to the AFC Champions League group stage. It’s impressive that they haven’t lost a game since early October. This is their seventh appearance in the AFC CL. Last season they did great in the group stage, qualified for the last 16, even earned a goalless draw at Persepolis in the first leg, but lost 1-0 at home, seeing their… international season come to an end.
Zob Ahan had to go through playoffs to earn a ticket to the AFC Champions League group stage. They beat Aizawl (from India) 3-1 at home (just one game), scoring two of those three goals late in the match. They had seven wins in a row (championship and AFC CL playoffs combined), but last Thursday they lost 4-2 at Saipa, now having them (as well as Foolad) keeping them… unwanted company in the second position of the table in Iran’s championship. Seven matches are left, and they already know the champions, Persepolis, 16 whole points ahead of their “closest” rivals. This is Zob Ahan’s seventh appearance in the AFC CL. Last season they looked close to qualifying for the last 16 after the fourth game week in the group stage, but two defeats in their last two matches left them out.
Previous five matches:
Al Gharafa vs Al Duhail 1-5
Al Ahli vs Al Duhail 0-4
Al Duhail vs Al Rayyan 3-3
Al Arabi vs Al Duhail 0-1
Qatar SC vs Al Duhail 0-6
Saipa vs Zob Ahan 4-2
Zob Ahan vs Esteghlal 2-1
Zob Ahan vs Aizawl 3-1
Esteghlal Khuzestan vs Zob Ahan 0-2
Zob Ahan vs Sanat Naft 2-1
Al Duhail’s next game is on Thursday, again at home, versus Umm Salal (Qatar championship). Zob Ahan are hosting Lokomotiv Tashkent next Monday (AFC Champions League).
Al Duhail vs Zob Ahan: Head to head Stats
Al Duhail have hosted Zob Ahan once before, two years ago, in the AFC Champions League group stage. That game ended in a 1-0 Zob Ahan win.
Al Duhail vs Zob Ahan: Prediction
I will be surprised if Al Duhail don’t start the group stage with a win over Zob Ahan.
Al Duhail vs Zob Ahan: Betting Tips
Al Duhail’s win is at 1.57 betting odds. For something better I would take Al Duhail -0.75 asian handicap that sits at 1.76, which I consider good enough to avoid risking further with special bets.
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