Bangkok United vs Ha Noi
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 12 February 2019
Kick-off: 13:00 CET
Bangkok United earned the right to be in the AFC Champions League qualifiers finishing second last season in Thailand’s championship. This is their third appearance in the competition. Back in 2017 they got eliminated in the qualifiers by Johor Darul Ta’zim, despite hosting the game in Thailand. They lost on penalties, having equalized in extra time’s added time. Back in 2007 they had played in the group stage, but didn’t win a single match. They drew in their first three, and lost the other three. Their last official match was early October, so… that’s an issue. They have a decent roster with South American players, mostly Brazilians, they have good Thai players as well, and they are hosting this game at home. Regardless of what happens in the play-offs, they should win this one. Losing to a Vietnamese side would make Bangkok United, Thailand championship’s runners-up, look really-really bad.
Ha Noi are Vietnam’s reigning champions. This is their fifth appearance in Asia’s biggest competition at club level. Two years ago they played their part in producing a… delicious game, at least its last 20 minutes and extra time. They lost 3-2 to Kitchee in Hong Kong, with all five goals being scored after the 72nd minute. In their three previous attempts to reach the group stage, they had actually won their first qualifier, and fallen in the second. In 2017 it was the first time they got kicked-out right away. One thing they have in common with Bangkok United is that they too haven’t played an official match since October. It’s been something over four months, so it’s really hard to… guess what they will look like. One thing is for sure, on paper, their roster is nowhere near that of Bangkok United.
Previous five matches:
Bangkok United vs Consadole Sapporo 1-5
Muang Thong United vs Bangkok United 0-0
Chainat Hornbill vs Bangkok United 0-0
Bangkok United vs Air Force Central 6-2
Bangkok United vs Sukhothai 2-3
Binh Duong vs Ha Noi 0-0
Hai Phong vs Ha Noi 1-0
Ha Noi vs Can Tho 3-0
Ha Noi vs Binh Duong 2-0
Hoang Anh Gia Lai vs Ha Noi 3-5
Bangkok United’s next scheduled game is in two weeks, but that will change if they win this match. Ha Noi are scheduled to face Binh Duong on Friday, in Vietnam’s Super Cup.
Bangkok United vs Ha Noi: Head to head Stats
Bangkok United and Ha Noi have never faced each other before.
Bangkok United vs Ha Noi: Prediction
I trust the hosts, the favorites, to win the game, without needing extra time or penalties. They definitely have a stronger team, they just need to prove that on the pitch, playing at home.
Bangkok United vs Ha Noi: Betting Tips
Bangkok United’s win is at 1.50. For something paying much better, I would risk with United-United for halftime-full time, at 2.25.