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ACL Matchday 5: Muangthong to beat an understrength Brisbane side

Mon, Apr 24, 9:43am by Head Editor

The Asian Champions League is nearing the business end with the leading teams looking to join Jiangsu FC in the last 16 and those struggling aiming to remain in the hunt for the knockout stage.

Matchday Five is the penultimate round of Asia’s premier club football competition and begins on Tuesday morning AEST and concludes 48 hours later.

We start in Group C at midnight on Monday (AEST) when Saudi side Al Ahli ($1.53) travel to Uzbekistan to face Bunyodkor ($5.50) who are yet to register a point.

A win for Al Ahli will see them book their passage to the knockout phase, as will an away victory for Zobahan ($2.88) in the UAE against Al Ain ($2.30).

Meanwhile, in Group G, the Suwon Samsung Bluewings ($2.20) look to book their place in the round of 16 with a win over Kawasaki Frontale ($3) while Guangzhou Evergrande ($1.03) can end Eastern SC’s ($36) campaign with a victory.

Four successive wins saw Jiangsu FC become the first team in the competition to confirm their qualification to the last 16 while also sealing top spot in Group H.

Second-placed Adelaide United have recovered from losing their opening two matches to claim four points from their last six in Matchdays Three and Four. Next up, they are a $7 outsider when they head to Gamba ($1.33), who must reverse a run of three defeats.

Muangthong United ($1.72) will advance to the knockout stage for the first time in their history if they defeat Brisbane Roar ($4) in Group E while Ulsan Hyundai’s ($2.63) continental aspirations would be over should they lose to Kashima Antlers ($2.40) on Wednesday.

Keep in mind that Brisbane’s domestic campaign remains alive after they beat Western Sydney on penalties on Friday night. Coach John Aloisi has elected to concentrate on the club’s domestic ambitions, electing to rest Corey Brown, Avraam Papadopoulos, Michael Theo and Jack Hingert for this trip to Thailand.

Speaking of the Wanderers, their hopes of progressing were all but extinguished following a 3-2 home loss at the hands of FC Seoul on Matchday Four. They are a $10 shot when they head to Japan to face powerhouse Urawa Red Diamonds ($1.20).

Suggested Bet: Muangthong United to win: $1.72

ACL Champions League: Match Odds (Sportsbet)

Bunyodkor $5.50 v Al Ahli Jeddah $1.53 Draw $3.75

Al Hilal Riyadh $2.10 v Persepolis $3.40 Draw $3.10

Al Wahda $2.88 v Al-Rayyan $2.30 Draw $3.20

Zobahan $2.88 v Al Ain $2.30 Draw $3.10

Gamba Osaka $1.33 v Adelaide United $7 Draw $4.50

Suwon Samsung Bluewings $2.20 Draw $3.20 Kawasaki Frontale $3

Jiangsu Suning $3.40 v Jeju United $1.91 Draw $3.50

Lokomotiv Tashkent $1.80 v Al Taawon $4.20 Draw $3.20

Eastern Athletic $36 v Guangzhou Evergrande $1.03 Draw $14

Al Fateh $3.75 v Esteghlal Khuzestan $1.91 Draw 3.20

Esteghlal FC $2.10 v Al Ahli $3.20 Draw $3.30

Al Jazeera $3.40 v Lekhwiya $2 Draw 3.30

Urawa Red Diamonds $1.20 v Western Sydney Wanderers $10 Draw 5.50

Ulsan Hyundai $2.63 v Kashima Antlers 2.40 Draw 3.20

Shanghai SIPG $1.50 v FC Seoul $5 Draw $4

Muang Thong Utd $1.72 v Brisbane Roar $4 Draw $3.40

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