Al-Duhail (Qat) - Al Shorta (Irq)


AFC Champions League
Asian Handicap
Pick: Al Shorta +1
Odds: 1.74
Stake: 1
Pinnacle

Match date: 15/04/2021

As expected the odds dropped a lot on this line because Al Shorta of Iraq can be a really dangerous opponent for the Qatari favorite Al Duhail. Al Shorta were a competitive side last season in ACL despite the fact that they didn't manage to qualify from their group, but they matched two good sides like Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia and Esteghlal. The Iraq side were not far away from being second in that group. I see most of the players from 2020 ACL season were kept plus they added some quality from abroad by signing two good offensive players from South America, the Venezuela international Gelmin Rivas and the Brazilian Rafael Silva.


Al Duhail on the other hand are a strong side indeed, but I feel the team selection for this tournament wasn't the best as they were forced leave out one of their foreign player. The Brazilian Dudu was left out, but I don't think this is a wise choice as there is no replacement for the former Palmeiras man. Indeed, Olunga was a goal machine in Japan, but so far his level was below par since arriving in Qatar. Mohamed Muntari is the same type of forward and I don't think it is a big difference between these two at the moment. 


Al Duhail still have plenty of quality going forward with Edmilson there, but I think they will miss Dudu. Al Shorta have the potential to cover this handicap.

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TIP RESULTING
LOST Score: 2:0 Profit: -1
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