UEFA Champions League is today, but we’ll also spread our attention towards the AFC Champions League, where we have, starting 15:00 GMT, Al Wasl – Al-Sadd. A match that should ensure us at least three goals and a winning bet.
Al Wasl – Is 3rd in the United Arab Emirates league, with 32 points from 16 fixtures, 35-21 aggregate. Has just two wins in the last 5 championship matches, despite Lima being in a great form. He and one other Brazilian, Caio, are doing all the hard work in the attack for coach Rodolfo Arruabarrena. At home, Al Wasl has scored in the last 24 games in all competitions, but, unfortunately for the fans, it also conceded at least a goals in 22 of the last 24 matches played in front of local supporters. Returns to Champions League action after a 10-years break.
Al-Sadd – Known for being Xavi’s team, this Qatar club stands second in the championship, with 40 points from 16 matches, 45-16 aggregate. Now has four straight league wins, three on the road, scoring at least two goals in every game. Besides Xavi, there’s no way we can’t notice Hamroun. The former Steaua Bucharest player has managed to score 5 goals in the last 4 fixtures. Last season, didn’t even make it to the group stages, being eliminated at penalties by Esteghlal (Iran), but Al-Sadd won the competition in 2010/2011.
Two teams that are looking good, but are third or second best in their leagues. Quality foreigners on both sides, and that should be decisive today. It’s only the first round, but we saw yesterday that many teams chose to put the hard work, to make sure that they get a head start. I’m expecting many fast break opportunities for the visitors, but both Al Wasl and Al-Sadd should be extremely dangerous at set pieces – Lima and Xavi are excellent providers.
Prediction: over 2,5 goals, odds 1.59
Al Wasl - Al-Sadd