My match pick for today is from the Saudi Premier league between Al Taawon (4th) and Al Raed (10th)
The host has scored in all of the past 10 matches played in all competitions, and the visitors have score in 8 of all recent away fixtures. The hosts have scored 30 goals, giving an average of 3 goals per match for the 10 home matches played this season, while visitors have scored 14 goals in 11 away fixtures played.
In the recent 5 matches played at home, the hosts have scored 1 goal in each, and conceded at least one goal in each of 4 matches (W4, L1), while the visitors have scored and conceded at least 1 goal in 4 of the recent 5 league matches (W2, D1, L2). Both teams have shown the ability to score more goals than the average expected from either home or away teams, hence I expect a BTS match from them playing against each other.
The hosts are the second best attacking team in the league, and are one point away from an AFC Champions League qualification spot, so I expect them to go out for a win in this fixture. The visitors rest 6 pts away from the the battle for relegation play out, and will be sure to give this a fight, and I expect them to be compensated with a goal for their troubles. The difference in quality between both teams, I fear is too much for them to walk away with a point from this fixture.
The performance of the visitors against other similarly placed high teams in the league, has seen them score a goal and walked away with a point from 2 recent encounters with teams in the top 5, but one of the teams is a low scoring side (Al Shabab) hanging on to a critical 3rd place spot that is above their capabilities, and the other is the current league leaders who are resting 6 pts away from their nearest challengers, and like to have lost steam due to probable complacency from the team leading to that fixture.
The hosts a lot at stake and will fight to avoid a draw, or loss, so I expect they try to put a goal or two pastthe visitors before half time. Difference in performance between the teams from recent 8-game forms, show hosts (15pts) have what it takes to win this one, as they are well ahead of visitors (7pts). My prediction for this fixture is Home & BTTS
Al-Taawon vs Al Raed betting tips
Home & BTTS (Stake: 10)Odds: 2.45 at Bet365
Result: Draw (Rule #5) PUSH (Stake return)