Mon, Feb 27, 10:50am by Head Editor
Thirty-two of the best teams from across Asia are back in action for the second matchday of the Asian Champions League, which begins on Monday evening AEDT and concludes 48 hours later.
There were several interesting results in the opening round, including the 7-0 drubbing that Guangzhou Evergrande handed out to Eastern SC. A result that only enhanced the favourite’s ($5.50) chances of taking home the title.
There was also the clinical 4-0 victory Urawa Red Diamonds managed against the 2014 champion, Western Sydney Wanderers.
The Wanderers weren’t the only Australian team to lose on match day one, with Adelaide United also suffering a big loss (3-0) at the hands of Japanese superpower, Gamba Osaka. A result that was the easiest $2.40 we’ve made in a while.
Brisbane Roar fared the best out of the three Australian teams, but could still only manage a point at home against Thai champions Muangthong United.
As mentioned, Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side were outstanding last week in this competition and also won the Chinese Super Cup on Saturday. They shouldn’t have too many problems against a South Korean side who only managed a 1-1 draw away to Kawasaki Frontale in round one.
The hosts have not been in good form recently and also have a poor record against Chinese teams. I’ll be taking Guangzhou Evergrande to win.
Shanghai SIPG also started their campaign well with Hulk’s stunning goal ensuring they left Seoul with all three points. Next up they host the Western Sydney Wanderers in a match that looks one-sided on paper and in the betting market.
Adelaide United ($7) are also rank outsiders when they travel to China to face Jiangsu Suning ($1.40). United were extremely poor last week, with even the reliable defender Dylan McGowan scoring an own goal against Gamba.
Things were much better for their opponents, they snatched a 1-0 away win against South Korean outfit, Jeju United.
The best chance of an Australian victory in round two, according to the bookmakers, is Brisbane at $4.50 when they visit Ulsan Hyundai ($1.72).
The hosts were consigned to a surprising 2-0 loss by Kashima Antlers in the first game of the group away in Japan.
Brisbane have much better away form in this competition than home form, including wins in Beijing in May 2015 and, of course, their brilliant 2-0 away win to qualify for this tournament just three weeks ago against Shanghai Shenhua.
ACL Champions League: Match Odds (Sportsbet)
Lokomotiv Tashkent $2.70 v Al Ahli $2.50 Draw $3
Al Fateh $4 v Lekhwiya $1.72 Draw $3.50
Esteghlal FC $1.83 v Al Taawon $4.20 Draw $3.20
Al Jazeera $1.83 v Esteghlal Khuzestan $3.75 Draw $3.40
Ulsan Hyundai $1.72 v Brisbane Roar $4.50 Draw $3.40
Urawa Red Diamonds $1.83 v FC Seoul $3.75 Draw $3.50
Shanghai SIPG $1.30 v Western Sydney Wanderers $8 Draw $4.50
Muang Thong Utd $4.33 v Kashima Antlers $1.72 Draw $3.50
Bunyodkor $2.80 v Al Ain $2.40 Draw $3.10
Al Wahda $2.88 v Persepolis $2.50 Draw $3
Zob Ahan $3 v Al Ahli Jeddah $2.30 Draw $3
Al Hilal Riyadh $1.72 v Al-Rayyan $4.20 Draw $3.60
Gamba Osaka $1.62 v Jeju United $4.50 Draw $3.60
Suwon Samsung Bluewings $3.60 v Guangzhou Evergrande $1.91 Draw $3.30
Jiangsu Suning $1.40 v Adelaide United $7 Draw $4.20
Eastern Athletic $21 v Kawasaki Frontale $1.05 Draw $11
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