Al Nassr vs Al Wahda
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 5 August 2019
Kick-off: 20:00 CET
Al Nassr couldn’t have started the group stage in a worse way, losing their first two matches. They shaped up, won three games in a row, and late May they drew with Zob Ahan, knowing even before kick-off that they would be in the last 16 of the competition, no matter what. Portuguese coach Rui Vitória remains in charge. Are they a better team today than what they were back in May? Looking at whom they signed these last weeks, I doubt. Al Ittihad were much more active in the transfer market, but it makes sense; the Jeddah side finished 10th last season in Saudi Arabia’s championship, and obviously needed to shake things up. Al Nassr on the other hand, won the title, leaving second-placed Al Hilal one point behind them, they were already a solid team, so they didn’t need to sign half a dozen new players. Betting companies consider them 6th biggest favorites to lift the AFC Champions League trophy. They haven’t played an official game since late May.
Al Wahda have a new coach; Dutchman Maurice Steijn succeeded his compatriot Henk ten Cate in June. Under ten Cate they finished first in their group, leaving second-placed Al Ittihad two points behind them. Also, they finished third in the UAE championship, a position good enough to earn them an AFC Champions League qualifiers ticket for 2020. Talking to Media back home, Steijn called Al Wahda’s offer an exciting adventure, admitting that money as well played a big role in his decision to move to the United Arab Emirates. The 45-year-old was working at Venlo when he received that call from Al Wahda, making just a fraction of the money he’s making now.
Previous five matches:
Zob Ahan vs Al Nassr 0-0
Al Nassr vs Al Batin 2-1
Al Hazm vs Al Nassr 0-3
Al Nassr vs Al Wasl 3-1
Al Ittihad vs Al Nassr 4-2
Al Wahda vs Al Ain 1-0
Al Ittihad vs Al Wahda 1-1
Al Sharjah vs Al Wahda 3-2
Al Wahda vs Ajman 3-1
Al Wahda vs Lokomotiv Tashkent 3-1
Both teams’ next game is the return leg of this tie, next week.
Al Nassr vs Al Wahda: Head to head Stats
No history between these two.
Al Nassr vs Al Wahda: Prediction
In my mind, there is no doubt Al Nassr are a much stronger team, with a roster far superior to that of Al Wahda. One way or another, they should win.
Al Nassr vs Al Wahda: Betting Tips
The hosts’ win is at 1.80. It’s not… mind-blowing, but given that this is the first of two legs, I would stay with that, avoiding combining it with number of goals or a clean sheet.