Tianjin Quanjian vs Kitchee
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 13 February 2018
Kick-off: 13:00 CET
Tianjin Quanjian finished third in last season’s CSL, a position good enough to give them a ticket to the AFC Champions League playoffs. They had to host Ceres (form the Philippines) in a single match, and they made sure to avoid falling victims of a major surprise. Anthony Modeste, their 29-year-old French striker, scored a goal in each half to give them a 2-0 win. It was Tianjin’s first Champions League game ever, as this is their first appearance in the competition. Modeste is a guy they expect a lot from. He scored seven goals in eight appearances in the CSL last season, looking very motivated. Tianjin paid FC Koln 20 million euros for him, and his two goals against Ceres in the AFC CL are an awesome start for him in Tianjin’s international adventure.
Hong Kong Premier League champions Kitchee didn’t have to worry about playoffs, as they had secured a direct ticket to the group stage. They are doing great in the ongoing championship as well, leading, and having left second-placed Pegasus eight points behind them (Pegasus have played a match less, though). Kitchee were on fire in their last three games, scoring a total of 20(!!) goals. Obviously, against teams that have nothing in common, quality-wise, with those that Kitchee will be facing in the AFC CL, but still, 20 goals in three matches is something that draws attention. This is their fourth appearance in the competition. Last season they fell in the playoffs, drawing 1-1 at Ulsan Hyundai, but losing on penalties.
Previous five matches:
Tianjin Quanjian vs Ceres 2-0
Lokomotiv Moskva vs Tianjin Quanjian 1-1
Sparta Praha vs Tianjin Quanjian 4-1
Basel vs Tianjin Quanjian 1-1
St Pauli vs Tianjin Quanjian 1-0
Warriors vs Kitchee 1-5
Kitchee vs Rangers 7-0
Eastern vs Kitchee 1-8
Kitchee vs Southern District 2-2
Kitchee vs Yuen Long 1-3
Tianjin Quanjian’s next game is at Kashiwa Reysol, next Tuesday. Same day, Kitchee will be hosting Jeonbuk Motors (both AFC Champions League matches).
Tianjin Quanjian vs Kitchee: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Tianjin Quanjian vs Kitchee: Prediction
It’s hard to imagine Tianjin Quanjian not win this game, but their victory pays just 1.10, so we need something else…
Tianjin Quanjian vs Kitchee: Betting Tips
To make Tianjin’s win worth it, betting-wise, I would risk combining it with “under 3.5 goals”. This way, their victory pays 2.20. It’s the start of the season for them, their playoff against Ceres was their first official match since early November, they won 2-0 without looking… impressive, and I feel it will take them another week or two before starting “rolling”. Bottom line, I definitely expect them to win, not concede, but score up to three goals.
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