Al Rayyan vs Lokomotiv Tashkent
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 11 March 2019
Kick-off: 16:35 CET
Al Rayyan took the lead at Al Ittihad last week in the 23rd minute, but by halftime they were 2-1 down, and they ended up getting… destroyed, losing 5-1 (Al Ittihad’s win, at 2.25, was the main tip here for that game). It wasn’t a total surprise; they had lost their last two matches in Qatar’s championship by a total score of 0-7(!), looking… I think the appropriate word is “pathetic”. They are still 4th in their championship, a single point behind third-placed Al Sailiya, but to climb up into the top three they need to get their act together. Same in the Champions League. If they lose a second game in a row, their chances of finishing in the top two of the group will be very slim.
As expected and predicted here, Lokomotiv Tashkent beat Al Wahda at home last week. They were… scary in the first 20 minutes, when not only they took the lead, but they also missed three “wow” opportunities to score a second goal. After that, they sort of… slowed down. To finish the game off, they… waited until added time, when a beautifully taken free-kick gave them a two-goal lead, which they deserved much-much earlier. No game for them these last days, they had a whole week to get ready for the game against Al Rayyan, the trip to Qatar. Last year they beat Al Wahda away from home in their last Champions League game as guests, but before that they had lost five matches in a row, 2017 and 2018 combined.
Previous five matches:
Al Ittihad vs Al Rayyan 5-1
Al Shahaniya vs Al Rayyan 3-0
Al Rayyan vs Al Sadd 0-4
Al Rayyan vs Saipa 3-1
Al Rayyan vs Al Arabi 3-1
Lokomotiv Tashkent vs Al Wahda 2-0
Lokomotiv Tashkent vs AGMK 2-1
Olimpija vs Lokomotiv Tashkent 1-1
Zorya vs Lokomotiv Tashkent 1-0
Dinamo Moscow vs Lokomotiv Tashkent 1-1
Al Rayyan’s next game is on Friday, again at home, versus Al Khor (Qatar championship). Lokomotiv will be facing Pakhtakor on Saturday (Uzbekistan championship).
Al Rayyan vs Lokomotiv Tashkent: Head to head Stats
No history between these two.
Al Rayyan vs Lokomotiv Tashkent: Prediction
There are four AFC CL matches on Monday, and this is the only one I wouldn’t bet on.
Al Rayyan vs Lokomotiv Tashkent: Betting Tips
If I absolutely had to choose something to bet on, I would go for “over 2.5 goals”, at 1.87, not combining it with any of the two teams’ win or even double chance, which gives you an idea how open I consider this game to be.