Istiqlol Dushanbe vs Al-Ahli Dubai
AFC Champions League
Date: Thursday, 15 April 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: King Fahd International Stadium (Riyadh).
Istiklol are making their debut in Champions League, but first up is a tough test against seasoned campaigners Shabab Al Ahli Dubai.
The Tajik club has a dream campaign in domestic league last season and crowned champions after losing just 1 of their 18 games. They haven’t lost their golden touch despite the delayed domestic season as they warned up for the continental competition with 5 convincing friendly wins and the Super Cup Final win against Ravshan.
The 2015 finalists Shabab Al Ahli are in fine form as well, and they are unbeaten across all competitions in 2021. They are seasoned campaigners who made it to the knockout phase in the last three editions.
Istiqlol vs Shabab Al-Ahli Prediction
This is Shabab Al Ahli’s game to lose with their fine domestic form and experience of playing in the competition for the past few years. However, expect a tough game on Thursday with the new boys from Tajikistan coming with some brilliant form all around the pitch.
Istiqlol vs Shabab Al-Ahli Tips
Both teams to Score @ 2.20
Istiqlol +1.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.65