Esteghlal vs Al-Ahli
AFC Champions League
Date: Thursday, 15 April 2021
Kick-off at 21:15 UK / 22:15 CET
Venue King Abdullah Sports City (Jeddah).
Esteghlal meets Al-Ahli in the 2021 AFC Champions League campaign opener.
King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah hosts this game, a neutral venue, and we are drawing our predictions purely based on the head-to-head between the two teams involved.
Esteghlal vs Al-Ahli Head-to-head
The teams met 4 times previously in the Champions League and Esteghlal won 3 of those, while losing the other, including a 3-0 solid win in last year’s edition.
All four games saw 3 goals exactly, with both teams scoring in 3.
Esteghlal vs Al-Ahli Prediction
The form looks decent on Esteghlal and they are third in the Iranian first division. A solid defense is their highlight that conceded just 12 goals from 19 games this season.
Al-Ahli, the giants from Saudi Arabia, failed to live up to their name this season and they are in tatters and occupy a 7th spot in their domestic league. Their build up to this tie is pretty poor as they suffered 7 consecutive defeats since February.
Bookies have priced Al Ahli as favourites to win here, but Esteghlal are a tough team to beat, especially in this competition’s group phase.
Therefore, a home win is our first choice pick for this game with 3 to 4 total goals expected with Al-Ahli’s defense all over the place in recent months.
Esteghlal vs Al-Ahli Betting Tips
Esteghlal to win @ 3.00 odd
Over 2.5 goals @ 2.12 odd.