Al Hilal vs Al Ain match previews
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 11 September 2017
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
Al Hilal Riyadh were considered outsiders in the first leg in the UAE, they had lost all four matches there in the past, their double chance was paying more than 1.70, and I had little doubt to suggest it, explaining that I couldn’t see why Al Ain were seen as such clear favorites, while they hadn’t played a competitive match in weeks. The game had very few clear chances, a good number of shots from a distance, yes, but not really clear chances within the box, and the draw (0-0) was definitely the most fair result. That was on August 21. Al Hilal haven’t played an official match since then, with the championship in Saudi Arabia restarting the coming weekend.
Despite playing in front of a sell-out crowd at home, Al Ain lacked the spark needed to score in the first leg. Most of their attempts were from a distance, shots way out of the box, good shots, Al Hilal’s goalkeeper had to be on alert, but all in all he didn’t have to make a really goal-saving intervention. Al Ain lost Mohanad Salem in the 67th minute, the left-back received a second yellow card, and will obviously miss the return leg. Unlike Al Hilal, Al Ain played a game against Hatta a week ago, a League Cup match, a 2-2 draw. The game against Al Hilal was Marcus Berg’s debut for them. Newly-signed from Panathinaikos, the Swede looked kind of… out of place, but his quality and experience almost guarantee that in the return leg he will be much more decisive.
Previous 5 matches:
Al Ain vs Al Hilal Riyadh 0-0
Al Taawon vs Al Hilal Riyadh 3-4
Al Hilal Riyadh vs Al Feiha 2-1
ES Tunis vs Al Hilal Riyadh 3-2
Al Hilal Riyadh vs Naft Al-Wasat 2-2
Al Ain vs Hatta 2-2
Al Ain vs Al Hilal 0-0
Al Ain vs Esteghlal Khuzestan 6-1
Esteghlal Khuzestan vs AlAin 1-0
Al Ain vs Al Ittihad Kalba 2-1
Al Hilal’s next game is on Saturday, at home, against Ohod, in Saudi Arabia’s championship. Same day, Al Ain will be hosting Al Wasl, in the first game of the new championship season in the UAE.
Al Hilal vs Al Ain: Head to head Stats
Al Hilal have hosted Al Ain three times in the past, and they have won in all three matches, by a total score of 7-1.
Al Hilal vs Al Ain: Prediction
Unlike three weeks ago, this time I’m backing Al Ain to get the result they want. I definitely expect them to score, I feel Berg is the guy with the most chances to send the ball in, and it may be through a win, it may be through a draw, but I do see Al Ain making it to the semifinals.
Al Hilal vs Al Ain: Betting Tips
Al Ain’s double chance is at 1.61. Al Ain’s win in “draw no bet” is at 2.20 betting odds. Going all for all, if you find a bookie who accepts scorers, go for Berg to score anytime and Al Ain to win.
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