Al Sadd vs Persepolis
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 12 March 2019
Kick-off: 16:45 CET
Al Sadd know they could and should have done much better last week in Saudi Arabia, when they visited Al Ahli in Jeddah. Sure, the penalty the referee gave against them in the 31st minute was “soft” (to write the least), that’s how they went 1-0 down while earlier they had missed a glorious chance to take the lead themselves, but… all in all, they left a lot to be desired, especially offensively. They lacked spark, even ambition, and definitely efficiency. They looked like they felt it was a game they could… afford to lose. No games last weekend in Qatar’s championship. Al Sadd are leading there, four points ahead of second-placed Al Duhail.
Were Persepolis the better team last week at home against Pakhtakor? I think yes. Were they that better as to deserve all three points, instead of the one they had to settle for? Depends on your point of view… One thing is for sure, Pakhtakor’s goal in the 5th minute shouldn’t have counted because there was a clear-clear offside (if not an offensive foul as well, earlier). After that though, and especially after Persepolis’ equalizer in the 25th minute, the Iranians’ “chances” were mostly… shots from a distance, that didn’t really worry Pakhtakor’s goalkeeper. Persepolis failed to create significant chances, and therefore, had to settle for that poor 1-1. On Friday they drew again, 1-1, at Nassaji Mazandaran. They are leading in Iran’s championship, but second-placed Sepahan are just one point behind them, and with a game in hand.
Previous five matches:
Al Ahli Jeddah vs Al Sadd 2-0
Al Sadd vs Qatar SC 8-1
Al Rayyan vs Al Sadd 0-4
Al Sadd vs Al Khor 6-2
Qatar SC vs Al Sadd 2-0
Nassaji Mazandaran vs Persepolis 1-1
Persepolis vs Pakhtakor 1-1
Persepolis vs Sanat Naft 1-0
Naft Masjed Soleyman vs Persepolis 0-0
Persepolis vs Padideh Khorasan 1-1
Al Sadd’s next game is at Al Sailiya, on Saturday (Qatar championship). Same day, Persepolis will be visiting Sepidrood Rasht (Iran championship).
Al Sadd vs Persepolis: Head to head Stats
Al Sadd hosted Persepolis twice last season. They beat them 3-1 in the group stage, but lost 0-1 in the semifinals of the AFC Champions League.
Al Sadd vs Persepolis: Prediction
Seeing Persepolis’ double chance at 2.15 it’s… tempting to go there, but can’t help it, deep down I expect Al Sadd to win.
Al Sadd vs Persepolis: Betting Tips
The hosts’ victory pays just 1.67, hardly satisfying. To push it somewhat closer to 2.00 I would combine it with “under 3.5 goals”. Al Sadd’s win combined with a clean sheet pays 2.75.