Al Ittihad Jeddah vs Navbahor Namangan AFC Champions League

Al Ittihad vs. Navbahor – Preview, Prediction and Lineups 22/02/2024

Al Ittihad  vs Navbahor Match Analysis

Match Preview

In a crucial match for a spot in the quarter-finals, Al Ittihad will host Navbahor in the second leg of their AFC Champions League clash on Thursday at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah.

Last week, the two teams played to a goalless draw in Uzbekistan, marking Navbahor’s first-ever knockout match in this competition.

The opening leg last Thursday was not very thrilling as Al Ittihad failed to capitalize on their 64% possession, managing only one shot on target and failing to score for only the second time in this competition.

Under Marcelo Gallardo’s leadership, Al Ittihad has maintained a perfect home record in the Champions League this season, outscoring their opponents 6-1 in three games.

The reigning Saudi League champions have never been eliminated in the round of 16 in this competition and have never lost at this stage in any previous Champions League campaign.

Their defensive strategy paid off last week as Navbahor secured their first clean sheet at home since their 2-0 victory over Mumbai City on matchday two.

Samvel Babayan’s team has shown promise away from home, remaining unbeaten as visitors in the competition so far, with victories in their last two group matches outside Uzbekistan.

Since a 2-0 home defeat to Al Hilal on matchday six, Navbahor has remained undefeated, although they failed to score for the first time since late November in the previous encounter.

Prediction: Al Ittihad 1-0 Navbahor

Due to the closely contested nature of their past encounters, a draw seems likely for this match.

With both teams evenly matched and coming off a recent stalemate, a similar outcome could be expected as they vie for supremacy on the field.

  • Prediction: Al Ittihad double chance

Considering the strong defensive performances of both teams in recent games, it is probable that this match will see fewer than 2.5 goals scored.

With Al Ittihad FC keeping clean sheets in their last three matches and Navbahor Namangan also showcasing solid defensive capabilities, goals may be scarce in this contest.

  • Betting Tip: Under 2.5

Predicted Starting Lineups

Al Ittihad: (4-3-3)

Al-Mayouf;

Al-Sqoor, Hegazi, Kadesh, Al-Olayan;

Kante, Fabinho, Al-Ghamdi;

Romarinho, Hamdallah, Al-Amri

Navbahor: (4-2-3-1)

Yusupov;

Boltaboev, Ivanovic, Dokic, Sayfiev;

Ismoilov, Hamrobekov;

Sobirzhonov, Iskanderov, Jiyanov;

Tabatadze

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