Auckland City - Hamilton

New Zealand
Asian Handicap
Pick: AH +1 Hamilton
Odds: 1.98
Stake: 1

Match date: 16/01/2021

Eight clubs are playing in the New Zealand Football Championship this season, and after the first seven rounds Auckland City is leading with 13 points, the same as the second Wellington, while the third Hamilton has 12 points. According to most analysts, this is one of the most uncertain seasons in the last ten years, there are small differences in quality and most games are even and exciting. 
One of them could be this, derby at the beginning of the second round of Championship between Auckland and Hamilton. Auckland is the current champion, but he is no longer as strong as in previous years, because Auckland has been left without some important players. Ahead of this match, in Auckland learned bad news that they will not be able to play in the Club World Cup in early February in Qatar. The problem is with the protocols around Covid 19 and players of coach Jose Figueira will have to stay home.
This fact of course disappointed them, because going to compete with the best clubs of other continents was the highlight of the season for them. That decision could also affect their mood for this league game with Hamilton, which they enter without their two best strikers. Experienced Tade has not yet recovered from injury, while top scorer Rogerson (4 goals) was injured in the last round. Coach Figueira will therefore place more hope in his midfielders, who love combinatorial play and also send a lot of kicks to the opponent's goal.
 - Hamilton put in another strong display last week and picked up a 1:1 draw against Team Wellington. That result proves this season’s competition is as competitive as ever, with anyone able to take points off anyone on their day. We have a very demanding match ahead of us today, but we want to try and solidify our current league position with another strong performance and continue to build on our current momentum - Figueira said, and his team has eight consecutive wins at their stadium, but two of three this season were 1:0 and 2:1 with goals in the last minutes, against clubs that are weaker than Hamilton. 
Although Hamilton has not won in last four rounds, and once time lost, it is very a good and compact team, which with Auckland has the best defense in the league (7 goals conceded). Hamilton is especially dangerous as a guest because he has two excellent and fast strikers (Tieku and Semmy), who have already scored 9 goals, and the rest of the team only three.
They are really players who can destroy any defense, and Auckland felt it in the 1st round when Hamilton beat him 2:0. The guests will be very motivated this time as well, their coach Herbert has no significant worries with absences, and he said that his team will play bravely and seek victory.
Bookmakers of course trust the home side and give him role of favorites, but without two best strikers it is not the same Auckland. Hamilton is without defeat as a guest this season and has the quality to win at least one point here...  "
VOID Score: 2:1 Profit: 0
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