Lokomotiv Tashkent vs Al Wahda
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 12 February 2018
Kick-off: 12:00 CET
First things first; Lokomotiv Tashkent haven’t played an official match since December 4. It was the Uzbekistan Cup final, in which they beat Bunyodkor 1-0 to lift a second domestic trophy in 10 days, as they had just won the championship as well. As Uzbekistan champions they secured a spot in the AFC Champions League group stage, without having to go through the risky playoff procedure. Last season they won just one of their six group matches, at home, drew the other two as hosts, and lost all three as visitors, obviously failing to make it to the last 16. It remains to be seen what they will look like after not having played an official game in more than two months.
Unlike Lokomotiv, Al Wahda have regularly been playing… official football for weeks now, as the UAE championship is in full swing. Last Wednesday they beat Hatta 1-0 away from home, remaining second in the table, two points behind leaders Al Ain. Six matches are left, they are obviously in with a good chance to win the championship title, not really worrying about finishing in the top-3 (to secure AFC CL football for 2019), as 4th-placed Al Nasr are 10 whole points behind them. They are in the quarterfinals of the President’s Cup as well. Winning that trophy last season is what secured them a spot in the group stage of the AFC Champions League in 2018. Last season they did rather poorly in the group stage, winning one, drawing one, and losing four matches.
Previous five matches:
Bunyodkor vs Lokomotiv Tashkent 0-1
Lokomotiv Tashkent vs Bunyodkor 3-2
Dinamo Samarqand vs Lokomotiv Tashkent 1-5
Lokomotiv Tashkent vs Buxoro 2-0
Neftchi vs Lokomotiv Tashkent 0-0
Hatta vs Al Wahda 0-1
Al Wahda vs Al Wasl 4-3
Al Dhafra vs Al Wahda 1-1
Al Wahda vs Al Nasr 1-0
Al Jazira vs Al Wahda 0-2
Lokomotiv Tashkent’s next game is at Zob Ahan, next Monday (AFC Champions League). Al Wahda are hosting Al Ain on Friday (UAE League Cup).
Lokomotiv Tashkent vs Al Wahda: Head to head Stats
Lokomotiv Tashkent have hosted three UAE teams in the past, but Al Wahda are not among them.
Lokomotiv Tashkent vs Al Wahda: Prediction
Lokomotiv Tashkent are given a slight advantage to win the game, but I trust Al Wahda to start the group stage with a positive result.
Lokomotiv Tashkent vs Al Wahda: Betting Tips
Al Wahda +0.5 asian handicap sits at 1.93. Draw feels way more probable than an Al Wahda victory, so if you prefer something much riskier go for the 3.16 straight draw comes at.
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