Al Jazira vs Al Ahli
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 17 April 2018
Kick-off: 16:30 CET
Al Jazira are already in the last 16 of the competition. They are second in the group, three points ahead of third-placed Al Gharafa, they could still finish level on points, but they have beaten the Qatar side twice, so they have the advantage. The only thing that can change for them in the table is to finish first. They are three points behind leaders Al Ahli, to whom they lost 2-1 earlier in the group stage. A simple 1-0 win will push Al Jazira first. Two weeks ago they were losing 2-1 at Al Gharafa, but not only avoided defeat, they even won the game in added time, playing against 10 men (Al Gharafa had had a player sent off seconds earlier). Incredibly, that win is their only one in their last seven matches in all competitions.
Al Ahli got the job done two weeks ago against Tractor Sazi, beat them 2-0 at a neutral venue, a simple draw today will secure them the top spot in the group table, either way they will be in the last 16 next month, but there was… heartbreak as well the last 10 days for them. They needed a win over Al Hilal at home to leapfrog them in Saudi Arabia’s championship. They only drew, meaning that they faced Ohod on the last day of the season hoping for a miracle (a draw or defeat of leaders Al Hilal in their game). Al Ahli did win, but so did Al Hilal, so… no championship title for Al Ahli.
Previous five matches:
Al Jazira vs Al Wahda 0-3
Emirates vs Al Jazira 1-0
Al Gharafa vs Al Jazira 2-3
Al Jazira vs Al Ain 2-3
Tractor Sazi vs Al Jazira 1-1
Al Ahli vs Ohod 1-0
Al Ahli vs Al Hilal 0-0
Al Ahli vs Tractor Sazi 2-0
Al Faisaly vs Al Ahli 1-0
Al Raed vs Al Ahli 0-3
Al Jazira’s next game is next weekend, again at home, versus Al Sharjah (UAE championship). Al Ahli don’t have a next game schedule yet.
Al Jazira vs Al Ahli: Head to head Stats
Al Jazira have hosted Al Ahli twice before. They lost 0-2 in 2010, an AFC CL group stage match. In 2012, they hosted Al Ahli in a round of 16 match, knock-out, regular time was 2-2, extra time ended in a 3-3 draw, and Al Ahli qualified on penalties.
Al Jazira vs Al Ahli: Prediction
The form of the two teams these last weeks, leads me to expect at least a draw for Al Ahli, if not a win of theirs.
Al Jazira vs Al Ahli: Betting Tips
“Draw or Al Ahli” is at 1.44, low. Their win in “draw no bet” pays 1.80. “No” on “both teams to score” pays an awesome 2.53, and I like it because I don’t expect Al Jazira to score. They have struggled offensively in most of their games, despite their impressive win at Al Gharafa, and Al Ahli’s defence has had impressive results these last weeks.
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