“Al-Ohdud” – “Al-Ittihad”. Karim Benzema was missed
Mikhail Korobov September 13, 2023, 18:45 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
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On September 14, the match of the sixth round of the Saudi Arabian championship “Al-Ohdud” – “Al-Ittihad” will take place. The game starts at 18:00 Moscow time. The bookmakers have already made a prediction, they consider the guests as favorites: in the bookmakers you can bet on the victory of Al-Ittihad with odds of 1.16. Experts rate Al-Ohdud’s success at 13.0. Tie bets are accepted at 7.70.
Bookmaker odds for the Saudi Arabia championship match Al-Ohdud – Al-Ittihad on September 14, 2023
Bookmakers are confident that the Al-Ohdud – Al-Ittihad match will be productive: a total of more than 2.5 goals is equal to 1.52, and a total of less than 2.5 goals is equal to 2.37. You can bet on “both will score” for 2.17. If one of the teams does not score, they will play 1.61.
Analysis and forecast for the match of matchday 6 of the Saudi Arabian championship “Al-Ohdud” – “Al-Ittihad” (09/14/2023)
The increasingly popular Pro League season continues to gain momentum. The match will be played on September 14 and will open the sixth round program. At the Prince Hathloul stadium in the city of Najran, local team Al-Ohdud will host the defending champion, Al-Ittihad. The starting whistle will sound at 18:00 Moscow time.
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Al Ohdud was founded in 1976. At the end of last season it ranked third and for the first time in history earned a ticket to the Pro League. Previously, the Najran Club managed to win the third most important division in Saudi Arabia twice: in 1992 and 2021.
In the summer, Al-Okhdud was significantly renovated. He signed former Lokomotiv Moscow defender Solomon Kverkvelia, rented Betis midfielder Alex Collado and several lesser-known players. Compared to last season, the team has become much stronger. However, this is still not enough.
In five matches of the Saudi Arabian Championship, the team only beat Riyadh, which is very close to the relegation zone (1-0). The Club also drew with Al-Shabab (1-1) and lost to Al-Fateh (1-3), Al-Ahly (0-1) and Al-Taawun (0-1).
Therefore, Al-Okhdud is ranked 13th in the Pro League standings. The only thing we can praise the club for is that it does not concede goals so often, especially thanks to the efforts of the aforementioned Kverkvelia. However, it will not be easy to avoid a crushing defeat in the next match.
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Al-Ittihad became Pro League champions at the end of last season. It is five points ahead of Al-Nassr, in which Cristiano Ronaldo plays. In the summer, the Tigers signed Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kanté, Fabinho and Celtic striker Jota. They also recently acquired Real Betis defender Luis Felipe.
In five matches of the Saudi Arabian Championship, the Jedda team only lost to Al-Hilal (3:4). Furthermore, in the 60th minute they were already leading 3-1. Nuno Espirito Santo’s team first beat Al-Raed (3-0), Al-Tai (2-0) and Riyadh (4-0), and then Al-Wahda (3-0).
During this period, the Tigers only conceded four goals and scored 15. Karim Benzema played an important role in the success. There were rumors that the Ballon d’Or winner had a tense relationship with the coach, but the Portuguese coach denied this information.
Benzema is settling in little by little in Saudi Arabia. In eight games with the Tigers in all official matches, he scored five goals and also provided three assists. In the upcoming match he will surely delight the fans with his performance and quality play from him.
You can bet on Al-Ittihad to win and not lose at bookmakers with odds of 1.82. The Tigers lost all four goals in the current Pro League in the match against Al-Hilal, which has an incredible attacking line. Furthermore, this was before Luis Felipe strengthened the team.
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It is reported that for Felipe’s sake, Al-Ittihad will exclude Jota from the squad to fit into the limit of foreign players. However, the loss is not critical. The young Portuguese was on the field in the current Pro League for only 132 minutes and only scored one goal. Benzema can manage without him. The Tigers, as practice shows, need a defender more.
Al-Ohdud does not have such a powerful attack. In five matches of the Saudi Arabian Championship he scored only three goals, two of them against obvious outsiders. It is unlikely that the Najran club will be able to defeat the opponent’s most reliable defense. In 30 games in the last Pro League, the Tigers conceded only 13 goals, the fewest of all.
Prediction and bet for the match of round 6 of the Saudi Arabian championship “Al-Ohdud” – “Al-Ittihad” on September 14, 2023
Al-Ohdud is one of the main outsiders. It has fewer reserves and performs much worse than Al-Ittihad. Mendoza’s team is doing especially poorly in terms of performance. It is unlikely that he will be able to score at least one goal against an opponent who has reinforced the defensive line. The “Tigers” already had a complete order in defense and now they can become an impregnable fortress for clubs like the Najran team.
Tender: Al Ittihad will win and will not fit in 1.82.