Al-Sadd vs Al Ahli
AFC Champions League
Date: Monday, 7 May 2018
Kick-Off at 17:15 UK / 18:15 CET
Venue: Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Al Sadd.
Al Sadd dropped the ball in the very last fixture of the group stage, falling 1.0 away at Persepolis to finish second. The last round’s loss might prove to be fatal for the Qatari outfit given they are now up against last term’s quarterfinalists who steamed their way to the top of the Group A.
Can the hosts at least introduce some drama into this last 16 round tie with a result in the first leg in front of their fans? It will be very hard to make given Al Ahli’s current spell of form as the visitors will head into this off the back of three wins and a draw in last four games across competitions.
Moving forward, Al Sadd fell to local rivals Al Duhail in the Crown Prince Cup last Friday which will definitely affect team’s confidence ahead of a highly-important AFC Champions league tie with Al Ahli.
Al-Sadd vs Al Ahli: Head-to-head
The two teams took on each other in the group phase of the same competition ten years ago when Al sad took four points from two ties against Al Ahli.
None of two teams actually made it to the last 16 round then, though.
Both matches saw both sides on target as well as at least three goals scored.
Al-Sadd vs Al Ahli: Prediction
We could well be in for a high-scoring affair here as well given Al Sadd’s playing style. The Qatari outfit play offensive football which is why four of their last five games in all competitions produced three or more goals and saw the BTS option “land”. You can shoot for three or more goals in the first leg of this last 16 round tie at the odds of 1.90.
The quality should be on the side of the Saudi Arabian outfit who lost just one of last 20 games in all competitions. This said, one simply has to find the value in backing the draw or away win double chance at the odds of 1.53 here.
Al-Sadd vs Al Ahli: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.90
Al Ahli or Draw Double Chance @ 1.53.