Al Jazira vs Tractor Sazi
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 5 March 2018
Kick-off: 16:00 CET
Two weeks ago I expected Al Jazira to lose at Al Ahli, but to do their part in pushing the game over 2.5 goals. A simple Al Ahli win was at 1.85, but combined with over 2.5 it went much higher, to 2.70. Al Jazira scored in the 89th minute, lost, but did what I hoped they’d do, “help” push the game over 2.5 (2-1). What’s ironic is that their goal was a super lucky one, while earlier, in the first half, after going 1-0 down, they missed three awesome chances to equalise. The penalty that helped Al Ahli make it 2-0 in the 70th minute was… “harsh”, to write the least, and all in all, Al Jazira were left with the feeling that they deserved something better than a 2-1 defeat. Last Wednesday they lost 2-1 at Shabab Al Ahli Dubai (despite winning 1-0 until the 77th minute). They are 5th in the table of the UAE’s championship, with four matches left.
As in Al Jazira’s case, two weeks ago I expected Tractor Sazi to lose as well, at Al Gharafa, conceding at least twice. They did lose, 3-0, paying for their incredible defensive mistakes. Jordi, their Brazilian goalkeeper, was left absolutely furious in a number of occasions, with the microphone right behind his nets “disclosing” what he thought of the way his defenders were doing. Especially Croatian defender Sime Gregov had a day to forget, committing two indescribable mistakes in a matter of seconds to gift Al Gharafa their second goal. Things could have gone differently if Tractor Sazi hadn’t missed a penalty just before halftime, when the score was still at 2-0. No points for them after two games in the group, and defeat in Iran’s championship last Thursday, 1-0, at home, to Paykan. They are 10th in the table there.
Previous five matches:
Shabab Al Ahli Dubai vs Al Jazira 2-1
Al Jazira vs Hatta 2-1
Al Ahli vs Al Jazira 2-1
Al Jazira vs Dibba Al Fujairah 0-1
Al Jazira vs Al Gharafa 3-2
Tractor Sazi vs Paykan 0-1
Pars Jam Bushehr vs Tractor Sazi 1-1
Al Gharafa vs Tractor Sazi 3-0
Tractor Sazi vs Al Ahli 0-1
Tractor Sazi vs Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz 2-1
Both teams’ next game is their clash at Tractor Sazi’s stadium next Tuesday (AFC CL).
Al Jazira vs Tractor Sazi: Head to head Stats
Al Jazira have hosted Tractor Sazi twice before, the last five years, both times in the AFC CL group stage. In 2013 they won 2-0, and in 2016 they lost 1-0.
Al Jazira vs Tractor Sazi: Prediction
Playing at home, Al Jazira have the upper hand, and one way or another I expect them to win the game.
Al Jazira vs Tractor Sazi: Betting Tips
Al Jazira’s win pays 2.10 and is my only tip, because I feel this is a game that can end anything from 1-0 to 3-1.
More AFC Champions League betting tips and match previews:
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