Match Betting (1x2)

There are two teams left standing in the AFC Champions League, with Al-Hilal and Urawa Red Diamonds having come through the knockout rounds to take their place in the two-legged final.

Al-Hilal enjoyed two exciting semi-final matches against Qatari side Al-Sadd which saw them claim a 4-1 first leg win before losing the second leg 4-2 and that meant a 6-5 aggregate victory.

Meanwhile, Urawa enjoyed a more routine progress against Chinese opponents Guangzhou Evergrande, with the Red Diamonds winning the first leg by a 2-0 margin before claiming a 1-0 win on the road.

However, they could struggle to get the right result in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League final, with BetVictor going 16/5 that Urawa win this first leg encounter in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Hilal are 5/6 to win the first leg encounter and will want to be travelling to Japan with some kind of advantage, with the Saudi team likely to draw confidence from the way in which they ran Al-Sadd ragged in that first clash to win 4-1.

The visitors would be delighted if the game ended all square and the draw is trading at 13/5 which looks a smart price considering that we could be witnessing a tight encounter with so much at stake.

To Lift the Trophy

The bookmakers also offer odds on which team will be the overall winners after the two legs have been played. Ultimately, the operators are finding it hard to split the sides and they make Urawa marginal favourites at 4/5.

Red Diamonds have the advantage of playing the second leg in front of their own fans and that mean defence is worth taking into account although the 10/11 about Al-Hilal is fair enough considering that Gomis is doing so well as a sharp shooter.

First Goalscorer

Some football fans might recognise the name Bafetimbi Gomis considering that the big French striker used to operate for Welsh club Swansea City in the Premier League and he’s now the leading forward for Al-Hilal.

The player is a 5/1 chance to break the deadlock in this clash and it’s worth noting that he’s the leading scorer in the competition this term, having racked up ten goals throughout the campaign.

For the visitors, Shinzo Koroki has bagged eight goals and will clearly be the biggest danger man in this clash, with the Red Diamonds forward available at 6/1 to score the opening goal of the game.

Asian Handicap

We have seen Urawa Red Diamonds keep a clean sheet in both matches against their Chinese opponents at the semi-final stage and perhaps the Japanese team are worth backing on the Asian Handicap as a result.

You can get the visitors at evens with a +0.5 goal start and that means they would simply need to draw or win the game in order to land a profit with this bet.

There’s a nagging feeling that Al-Hilal could be dangerous and make home advantage count in Saudi Arabia, with the team looking to enjoy an emphatic margin of victory before the return trip to Japan.

Therefore, Al-Hilal with a -1 Asian Handicap makes plenty of appeal at 6/4 and you would get money back if they only managed to win the match by a single goal. Any other type of victory would see them profit for you.

Odds of 23/10 are available about the home side with a -1.5 Asian Handicap and that would mean a two-goal margin of victory.

Both Teams to Score

Both teams found the net when Al-Hilal played Al-Sadd home and away, although the opposite was true when Urawa played Evergrande in their semi-final. We have a suspicion that “No” on the Both Teams to Score market could be the way forward, with this option trading at 37/40.

This option provides the possibility of a goalless draw along with the prospect of a tight game where Al-Hilal or Urawa end up shading it. It also covers a win to nil for either side and the home team will be conscious of conceding an away goal.

The “Yes” option is available at 10/11 and it should be noted that Al-Hilal scored six goals over two semi-final games but also conceded on five occasions.

Over / Under Goals

The 11/10 about Over 2.5 Goals might appeal to punters who are looking for a way of more than doubling their money, although it could be a cagey start to the game and perhaps this is one to trade In-Play.

Under 2.5 Goals is available at 8/11 and that means two goals or less need to be scored over the ninety minutes, something that happened in both Red Diamonds games.


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