Lokomotiv Tashkent vs Zob Ahan
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 17 April 2018
Kick-off: 16:00 CET
The way things have come, this is some sort of “final” for both teams. “Some sort”, because there will be a winner if the game ends in a draw. What I mean is that Lokomotiv Tashkent and Zob Ahan may be level on points, but Zob Ahan have the advantage if the game ends in a draw, having already beaten Lokomotiv 2-0 in Iran. Even a 1-0 victory will be enough for Lokomotiv. The Uzbekistan side have scored 12 goals in five matches thus far in the group, but none in Iran, in that 2-0 defeat. On the other hand, they have kept just one clean sheet, on their group debut, at home, against Al Wahda (5-0). They have started the season in Uzbekistan’s championship very poorly, and are on just five points from six matches.
Unlike Lokomotiv, Zob Ahan have scored just five goals in as many games in the group, they have scored less goals than “joke” Al Wahda(!). Two weeks ago they lost 1-0 to Al Duhail at home, conceding late in the game, a rather unfair result, as a draw was the absolute least the Iran side deserved back then. They have lost their previous two games away from home, they even lost at Al Wahda (3-0!), but on the other hand, they know even a simply draw will be enough to qualify for the last 16 of the competition. On Thursday they drew 1-1 at Foolad, a result good enough for them to finish third in Iran’s championship, meaning that they have a spot in next season’s AFC CL secured.
Previous five matches:
Nasaf vs Lokomotiv Tashkent 2-1
Lokomotiv Tashkent vs Kokand-1912 1-1
Al Wahda vs Lokomotiv Tashkent 1-4
AGMK vs Lokomotiv Tashkent
Navbahor vs Lokomotiv Tashkent 2-0
Foolad vs Zob Ahan 1-1
Zob Ahan vs Sepidrood Rasht 3-0
Zob Ahan vs Al Duhail 0-1
Zob Ahan vs Tractor Sazi 3-0
Al Wahda vs Zob Ahan 3-0
Lokomotiv’s next game is next weekend, again at home, versus Sogdiana (Uzbekistan championship). Zob Ahan will be hosting Persepolis (Iran championship).
Lokomotiv Tashkent vs Zob Ahan: Head to head Stats
Lokomotiv have never hosted Zob Ahan before.
Lokomotiv Tashkent vs Zob Ahan: Prediction
I wish I believed in Zob Ahan’s double chance (2.30), but I don’t.
Lokomotiv Tashkent vs Zob Ahan: Betting Tips
A simple Lokomotiv win pays 1.55. For more than that, my suggestion is Lokomotiv’s win combined with a clean sheet, at 2.90 betting odds.
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