One of my favorite competitions returns with a more than attractive encounter between Al Ain (United Arab Emirates) and Al Sadd (Qatar). First of all, I’m going to put you in context about the resumption of the competition.
After the first two days of the tournament – in which some teams have not even played – the competition was forced to stop by Covid-19. As you well know, those of you who follow it minimally, it is structured in 8 groups – of 4 teams each – but in turn we could say that these 8 groups are divided into two different teams, on the one hand the teams from the easternmost areas. (China, Japan, Korea, Australia) and on the other the teams from the Persian Gulf area and nearby (Qatar, Iran, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates). Well, what has been done is to create a kind of bubble in Qatar in which the part of the “box” belonging to this last area will be played, including group stage, quarterfinals, semis and final – from which it will come a finalist who will face the winner of the other half of the “box” -. Therefore, there will be no localities here, which is a fact to highlight so that we do not think that X team to play at home has more possibilities. The other part of the “box”, the one that the easternmost teams dispute, will resume in November, or that’s what I’ve read. But let’s go, without further delay, to analyze what concerns the meeting that concerns us.
Matchday 3 of the AFC Champions League group stage. We want them to score 3 or more goals.
They face Al Ain -4º, with 0 points- and Al Sadd -1º, with 4 points-, after two games played.
The first thing I have to say regarding the pick is that I would go with a very soft stake, since although logic and numbers -as we will see now- lead us to think that this over can be quite easy, the truth is that, Despite being teams that easily see the door, when they face each other it is known that they move the goals or flatten them – 3 matches and 3 red would be.
– The first thing is that everyone knows that Al Sadd -the team that Xavi trains, and in which Cazorla and the scorer Bounedjah play- has been with a great tendency to over for a few years. In fact, although it has recently gone through an under streak, it seems that the arrival of Cazorla has relaunched the team that arrives at this meeting after two defeats – 1-5 against Al Sailiya, and another 1-5 against Al-Kharitiyath. So I think we can ensure that we have the goal, or goals, from Al Sadd for this match.
– Al Ain will be in front of him, who for those who do not know him in the 19 league games they had played has accumulated 15 over and 4 under, with an average scoring score of 3.5 goals per game. It is a team that also tends to create chances with great ease, and that sees the door in practically all their matches.
– Another fact that motivates me to raise this pick is that in this competition both teams accumulate 4 over and no under. While Al Ain was beaten 1-2 0-4, Al Sadd beat Sepahan 3-0 and drew 2 at Al Nasr.
– As negative data, or disconcerting, I comment that Al Ain’s form is a total unknown, since the last game for which I handle data is from March – he lost against Al Jazira 3-1. The positive of this is that Al Sadd is rolling, and we can see a win. It must be said that it is already the third day and I imagine that Al Ain will want to go out to add if he does not want to run out of options at the first exchange, so it can be a fairly open match.
Nothing else around here, I hope we get green because if not all this talk is useless.