On September 18, the matchday 1 of the group stage of the AFC Al-Ittihad – AGMK Champions League will be played. The game starts at 19:00 Moscow time. The bookmakers have already made a prediction, they consider the hosts as favorites: you can bet on the victory of Al-Ittihad in the bookmakers with odds of 1.25. Experts rate AGMK’s success at 10.5. Tie bets are accepted at 6:00 am.
Bookmaker odds for the Champions League match AFC Al-Ittihad – AGMK September 18, 2023
Bookmakers are confident that the match between Al-Ittihad and AGMK will be productive: a total of more than 2.5 goals is equal to 1.43 and a total of less than 2.5 goals is equal to 2.60. You can bet on “both will score” for 1.80. If one of the teams does not score, they will play 1.90.
Analysis and forecast for the match of the 1st round of the group stage of the Champions League AFC Al-Ittihad – AGMK (09/18/2023)
The increasingly popular Pro League season continues to gain momentum. The group stage of the AFC Champions League also begins. On September 18, six matches in the 1st round of the tournament will be played. In one of them, in the city of Jeddah, local Al-Ittihad and AGMK will compete. The starting whistle will sound at 19:00 Moscow time.
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The Saudis have long established themselves as one of the main favorites of the AFC Champions League. The club with the most titles in the tournament is Al-Hilal. He became champion four times. Now the probability of one of the Pro League teams winning the main Asian club tournament is even higher.
Al Ittihad signed Real Madrid star striker Karim Benzema this summer, as well as N’Golo Kante, Fabinho, Celtic striker Jota and Betis defender Luis Felipe. However, the Tigers will be cutting one of the newcomers (Zhota) from the roster for the season. He did not adapt well to the new club. Loss is not painful.
The most important thing is that Karim Benzema is in excellent shape. The Ballon d’Or winner could easily play at a high level for another year or two. In six games in the Saudi Arabian championship, he scored three goals and two assists.
During this time, the Jedda club only lost to Al-Hilal (3:4). They beat Al-Raed (3-0), Al-Tai (2-0), Riyadh (4-0), Al-Wahda (3-0) and Al-Ohdud” (1-0). Thus, the “ Tigres” occupy second place in the Pro League standings, the difference with the leader Al-Hilal is only one point.
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Nuno Espirito Santo’s team also reached the quarterfinals of the Arab Champions Cup, losing to Al-Hilal (1-3). They will surely have better results in the AFC Champions League. Karim Benzema is the most productive in tournaments of this format. He won the European Champions League five times.
AGMK is nowhere near as strong and successful as Al-Ittihad. They were often eliminated from the AFC Champions League without even reaching the group stage. This time the metallurgists were lucky. In the qualification they beat Al Seeb (1-0) and also Al Arabi (1-0).
In the meeting with the latter, Almalyk’s team lost in all statistical indicators. They were very lucky that the opponent’s execution let them down. Of the 17 shots fired by Al-Arabi, only one hit the target. If it had been more precise, the result probably would have been different.
In the Uzbek Championship AGMK occupies fifth position in the standings. In 18 games they only managed eight wins and five draws. During this period, Mirjalol Kasymov’s team scored 29 goals and lost 23, the most among the top 7 teams.
The only good thing is that the Pitmen are doing well in the Uzbekistan Cup. They recently reached the semifinals, beating Khorezm in the previous phase (4-2). However, there are also disadvantages here. AGMK has a very busy schedule. In the semi-finals of the tournament they will soon face Navbakhor, who is in second place. There definitely won’t be enough energy for everything. You will have to sacrifice something.
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In the next match, the Metallurgists are unlikely to avoid defeat. First of all, the rival has a superior class of players. Secondly, the meeting will take place in the city of Jeddah, where Al-Ittihad is practically invulnerable. You can bet that he will win and not fail at bookmakers with odds of 2.25.
In their last 17 Pro League home games, the Tigers have lost just twice and drawn the same number of times. During this period they scored 35 goals and only conceded seven. Four of them were scored against Al-Hilal before the Jeddah club was reinforced with the Betic defender. Now it is even more difficult for him to score.
In nine away games in the Uzbek championship, the Miners managed only three wins and drew four times. During this period of time they scored 10 goals and conceded the same amount themselves. If the Metallurgists cannot beat the teams of the local championship, what can be expected from them in the meeting with the current champion of Saudi Arabia?
Prediction and bet for the match of the 1st round of the group stage of the Champions League AFC Al-Ittihad – AGMK September 18, 2023
Al-Ittihad was very strong even before the summer transfers. Now that half of their squad is made up of famous footballers, rivals like AGMK will be in trouble. The Tigers have every chance to defeat the Uzbek club at their stadium. In principle, they miss it very rarely and at home it happens only in isolated cases. Metallurgists have worse composition and results. Furthermore, their championship level is lower than that of the Jeddah team.
Tender: Al Ittihad will win and will not concede at 2.25.