Al Hilal vs Esteghlal
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 16 April 2018
Kick-off: 17:45 CET
Al Hilal failed big in their group, they are on just two points from five matches, they will finish last regardless of how this game goes, from finalists last season they went to getting eliminated super early this year, but after their 2-1 defeat at Al Ain two weeks ago, they did awesome in their championship, winning the title. They visited Al Ahli a week ago, needing a draw to stay one point ahead of them in the table. That’s what they got, a golden 0-0, and midweek, at home, they triumphed over Al Fateh, 4-1, leading 4-0 by halftime. Al Ain’s win combined with over 2.5 goals (2.50) was my main tip two weeks ago, and Al Hilal helped that come good with their goal early in the match.
Esteghlal have already qualified, after their 2-0 home win over Al Rayyan two weeks ago. They… wanted it more than their guests, they got lucky in crucial moments of the match, and they picked up all three points, reaching nine, meaning that regardless of what happens in this match and the other group meeting between Al Rayyan and Al Ain, the Iranians will be in the last 16 of the competition. Esteghlal remain undefeated in the group (two wins, three draws). Will they be in the AFC CL next season as well? At the moment, they don’t have a spot there secured. They are fourth in Iran’s championship, one point behind Zob Ahan and two behind Saipa. Only the top three teams get AFC CL tickets. But, important detail, they have qualified for the Hafzi Cup final, a single match, early May. They will be facing a team from the country’s second division, meaning that even if things go bad for them in the championship, they should, still, do their… duty against their lowly Hafzi Cup final opponents, win that title, which comes with a direct ticket to the group stage (unlike the second and the third spot in the championship, that are good enough only for the AFC CL qualifiers).
Previous five matches:
Al Hilal vs Al Fateh 4-1
Al Ahli vs Al Hilal 0-0
Al Ain vs Al Hilal 2-1
Al Quadisiya vs Al Hilal 0-1
Al Rayyan vs Al Hilal 2-1
Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz vs Esteghlal 1-1
Esteghlal vs Siah Jamegan 4-1
Esteghlal vs Al Rayyan 2-0
Naft Tehran vs Esteghlal 1-2
Esteghlal vs Al Ain 1-1
Al Hilal don’t have a next game scheduled yet. Esteghlal will be hosting Paykan next weekend (Iran championship).
Al Hilal vs Esteghlal: Head to head Stats
Al Hilal have hosted Esteghlal once before, in 2013 (a 1-2 Esteghlal win), but remember, this time the game is held at a neutral venue.
Al Hilal vs Esteghlal: Prediction
Al Hilal are… over the moon after winning the championship title in Saudi Arabia a few days ago. It would be awesome to host Esteghlal at home, but the game is held in Kuwait, since teams from Saudi Arabia and Iran don’t visit each other. All things considered, I’m backing Al Hilal to win the game. I feel they have a point to prove, finish the group with at least one win, over a team that will be in the last 16.
Al Hilal vs Esteghlal: Betting Tips
Al Hilal’s win pays 2.11, and that’s my main tip. “Under 2.5 goals” is at 2,05, if you prefer to leave winners and losers aside.
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