With most European league seasons finishing this weekend, it’s time to look further afield for value football betting tips. The Asian Champions League has moved into the knockout phase, throwing up some intriguing fixtures this week. Here’s my Asian Champions League tips and analysis from the best games.
Guangzhou Evergrande v Kashima Antlers
Chinese Super League leaders Guangzhou Evergrande host Group E winners Kashima Antlers in the first leg of their round of 16 tie. It’s an intriguing clash between two teams who are in fairly decent form.
Guangzhou finished their group stage games unbeaten but only picked up two wins from six – both against group whipping boys, Hong Kong side Eastern. While they drew twice with group winners Kawasaki Frontale they finished second to the Japanese outfit based on Kawasaki scoring in the draw between the teams in China, while the reverse fixture remained goalless.
Kashima on the other hand are a team that can’t draw, having failed to do so in their last 19 games. They won their group thanks to victory over second-placed Muang Thong United in the final gameweek, finishing with 12 points from 18.
Guangzhou come into the game in good form – having won seven of their last eight games in all competitions, keeping three clean sheets and out-scoring their opponents 23-8. Kashima on the other hand have lost their last two games, but they have played well away from home, winning four in five.
This one is a tough call, but I think Guangzhou should have enough to see off Kashima, and I’m backing them as my Asian Champions League tips to win at 1.67.
Muang Thong Utd v Kawasaki Frontale
Thai side Muang Thong Utd finished second in Group E, due to the aforementioned defeat to Kashima Antlers above. That result must have affected them badly, as they have slumped to three defeats in their last three Thai League games, dropping them into second place in the table by virtue of their head to head record with leaders Buriram United.
Kawasaki Frontale won their group, as mentioned above purely because they’d scored away in China in their matches against 2nd placed Guangzhou Evergrande. Their campaign was a strange one – only managing a draw away in Hong Kong against Eastern but then beating Suwon Samsung Bluewings away in Korea.
That win over Suwon massively perked them up, picking them up from a slump of two wins in nine to win four of their next five. This divergence in momentum between the two teams would suggest an away win and the bookies agree, making Kawasaki Frontale favourites. At 2.34 they are my Asian Champions League tips to win this game.
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