Al Gharafa vs Al Ahli
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 5 March 2018
Kick-off: 16:10 CET
Al Gharafa’s win two weeks ago against Tractor Sazi at home was at 1.90, and that was my only tip back then. It came good, Al Gharafa won 3-0, being better, but also accepting huge gifts by their visitors. Then again, you… create your own luck, Al Gharafa’s players kept pressing Tractor Sazi’s defenders, so the latter ones’ mistakes were forced, not unforced. Bottom line, credit to Al Gharafa’s players for taking advantage of their opponents’ weaknesses in controlling and passing the ball around, right outside their box. On Thursday, they demolished Al Rayyan 6-1 at home (Wesley Sneijder scored twice), they are 4th in the table of Qatar’s championship, but without chances of finishing in the top-3, even though they were given three more points after their 3-2 loss to Al Markhiya, a few days earlier. They filed a complaint regarding Al Markhiya’s lineup, and they won the case.
“Al Ahli and over 2.5 goals” was my tip two weeks ago when the Saudi Arabian side hosted Al Jazira, and it came good, as Al Ahli won the game 2-1 conceding in the dying minutes of the match. They are the only team of the group on six points from two games. On Thursday, they thrashed Al Taawon 5-1, staying four points behind leaders Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia’s championship. A few days earlier they had beaten Al Feiha on penalties, qualifying for the semifinals of the King’s Cup. Should be noted that they haven’t lost since December 29, and that’s their only defeat in their last 15 matches in all competitions.
Previous five matches:
Al Gharafa vs Al Rayyan 6-1
Al Markhiya vs Al Gharafa 3-2
Al Gharafa vs Tractor Sazi 3-0
Al Gharafa vs Al Kharitiyath 2-0
Al Jazira vs Al Gharafa 3-2
Al Ahli vs Al Taawon 5-1
Al Feiha vs Al Ahli 2-2
Al Ahli vs Al Jazira 2-1
Al Feiha vs Al Ahli 1-1
Tractor Sazi vs Al Ahli 0-1
Al Gharafa’s next game is at Al Sailiya, on Friday (Qatar championship). Same day, Al Ahli will be visiting Al Quadisiya (Saudi Arabia championship).
Al Gharafa vs Al Ahli: Head to head Stats
Al Gharafa have hosted Al Ahli twice in the past. They beat them 3-2 in 2010, and drew 2-2 in 2013. Both were AFC CL matches.
Al Gharafa vs Al Ahli: Prediction
I’m leaving winners and losers aside, I’m betting on goals alone.
Al Gharafa vs Al Ahli: Betting Tips
“Over 2.5 goals” pays 1.63 and feels very probable given mostly how Al Gharafa’s games tend to go. Pushing it, I would risk with “over 3.5 goals”, tempted by its 2.49.
More AFC Champions League betting tips and match previews:
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- Persepolis vs Al Wasl
- Al Jazira vs Tractor Sazi
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- Kashiwa Reysol vs Kitchee
- Buriram United vs Cerezo Osaka
- Guangzhou Evergrande vs Jeju United
- Zob Ahan vs Al Wahda
- Al Duhail vs Lokomotiv Tashkent
- Al Ain vs Esteghlal
- Al Hilal vs Al Rayyan
- Sydney FC vs Kashima Antlers
- Kawasaki Frontale vs Melbourne Victory
- Suwon Bluewings vs Shanghai Shenhua
- Shanghai SIPG vs Ulsan Hyundai