FC Seoul – Sanfrecce Hiroshima:
Fantastic win for Seoul in their first match vs Buriram, with Adriano hitting 4 goals. Didn’t play this weekend as K.League will not start before 2 weeks later.
Hiroshima lost 1-2 vs Shandong, but were the better team and should have won according to chances. Also lost 0-1 at home vs Kawasaki Frontale in their season opener, so that’s 2 losses in a row.
Rate Hiroshima as the better team here, but hard to say how much focus they have on ACL this season. Only got 1 win out of 11 matches away in ACL as well, so Seoul should be a rather clear favorite despite still being off-season. In addition, Hiroshima have travelled to South Korea without their 2 best players in MF Aoyama and FW Sato.
My odds: -0,25 @ 1,87 / Over 2,5 @ 1,99
Market Price: Seoul -0,25 @ 1,92 / Over 2,5 @ 2,12
Shandong Luneng – Buriram United:
Great start for Shandong as they won 2-1 in Japan vs Hiroshima, but it was a somewhat lucky win according to play and chances. Buriram were demolished by Seoul in their opener, and lost 0-6 at home.
Neither of the teams have kicked off their domestic season yet, but Shandong have played 3 competitive matches as they had to go through 2 qualifiers to get to the group-stage. Buriram are without captain Nutnum and important FW Diogo, so they are in for a tough task. Ended 1-1 here 2 years ago, and Shandong have overall a very poor record in ACL, but should still be a clear favorite here in what could be another high-scoring match.
My odds: -0,75 @ 1,99 / Over 2,75 @ 2,01
Market Price: Shandong -1 @ 1,88 /Over 2,75 @ 1,89
Buriram 1×2 @ 5,60 (1,5 unit)
FC Tokyo – Binh Duong:
Tokyo are off to a poor start, as they lost both their ACL and J.League opener. Need to kick back with a win here, and should be a huge favorite.
Binh Duong might have managed to get a point at home vs Jiangsu, but they were strong at home last year as well. Away however, they suffered 3 big defeats, and should not have any chance to match Tokyo here. Easy home-win.
My odds: -2,25 @ 1,83 / Over 3 @ 1,83
Market Price: -2,5 @1,98 / Over 3,5 @ 1,93
Jiangsu Sainty – Jeonbuk Motors:
High-spending Jiangsu somehow failed to beat Binh Duong in Vietnam last week, and will be out to prove themselves here. They meet a very experienced Jeonbuk-side who took a nice 2-1 win at home vs FC Tokyo in their opening match.
Jeonbuk are not an awfully good away-team in ACL, but they won both their 2 last matches in China, and with the vast experience I think they will get away with a result here as well.
Prediction: 1-1 or 2-2
My odds: DNB @ 1,97 / Over 2,5 @ 1,96
Market Price: +0,25 @ 1,90 / Over 2,5 @ 2,11
Over 2,25 @ 1,87 (2,5 units)
Bunyodkor – Al Nassr:
Bunyodkor’s young-team impressed in the away-match vs Al Nassr, and were 3-1 up before a late comeback for the home-team saw the 2 teams share the spoils.
Bunyodkor used to be a very good home-team in ACL, but lost all 3 home-matches last season. Al Nassr’s away-record are not much to speak of, but they did win 1-0 away against Bunyodkor last season.
Expect a tight game, but rate the away-side as the slightly better team. They seem to focus on ACL as well as they rested 5 players in their league-game last week, and should get away with a result here.
Prediction: 1-1 or 0-1
My odds: DNB @ 2,04 / Over 2,25 @ 1,98
Market Price: DNB @ 1,89 / Over 2,25 @ 2,02
Al Nassr DNB @ 2,06 (2,5 units)
Zob Ahan – Lekhwiya SC:
Zob Ahan took a strong and somewhat surprising 1-0 win in the away-match vs Lekhwiya, and will be looking to copy that here. They didn’t play in the weekend, so should be well-rested.
Lekhwiya on the other hand, suffered a 0-5 defeat vs run-away leaders Al Rayyan in the weekend, and have with that 4 losses in their last 5 matches. That can’t be good for their confidence, and Zob Ahan got a good opportunity to get a 2nd straight win here.
My odds: -0,5 @ 2,04 / Over 2,25 @ 1,95
Market Price: Zob Ahan -0,25 @ 1,96 / Draw 2,25 @ 2,07
Zob Ahan -0,25 @ 1,96 (5 units)
Al Nasr – Sepahan:
Al Nasr are a bit off form, with just 0-1-3 on their last 4 in all competitions, and need a win here to get back on track. Will meet Sepahan for the 2nd time in a week, and should feel they have a good chance of 3 points here as Sepahan have a very poor away-record in ACL.
Al Nasr have been struggling themselves as well though, with just 1-0-5 on their last 6 home-matches in ACL,but that was back in 2012 and 2013.
Think the home-advantage can prove the difference here, so want to back Al Nasr for the win.
Prediction: 2-1 or 2-0
My odds: -0,25 @ 1,99 / Over 2,5 @ 2,01
Market Price: Al Nasr DNB @ 1,89 / Over 2,5 @ 2,03
Al Nasr DNB @ 1,89 (5 units)
Al Ittihad – Lokomotiv:
A last-minute equalizer saw Lokomotiv salvage a point in the first match between these teams, which in the end was a fair result. Expect a more one-sided match here though, and should be an easy win for Al Ittihad.
Al Ittihad have won 11 out of their last 12 home-matches in ACL, while Lokomotiv have lost all 4 away-matches they have ever played in ACL.
Prediction: 2-0 or 3-1
My odds: -1 @ 2,07 / Over 2,5 @ 2,08
Market Price: Al Ittihad -0,75 @2,00 / Over 2,5 @ 1,94
Al Ittihad -0,75 @ 2,04 (5 units)