Competition: Turkmenistan Yokary Liga
Market: Both teams to score
Odds: 2/3 @ Bet 365
In a battle between two sides seeking some stability, title chases Ahal will welcome Kopetdag Ashgabat to Abadan in what should be a lively contest on Tuesday afternoon.
Starting with the hosts, while Ahal may have managed to pick up what was a much-needed return to winning ways away at Şagadam last week, it does not cover what has been an inconsistent patch for Hojaahmet Arazow’s men. Including a 2-1 defeat against defending champions Altyn Asyr a fortnight ago, the Whites are likely to still be reeling from what was a woeful 3-0 drumming against Merw on the road last month. While Ahal might still find themselves sat in pole position to secure another AFC Champions League spot this year, fans around Abadan will have a growing headache over their side’s continued issues at the back. Including that thumping defeat on the road at Merw, Arazow’s side have now failed to land a single Yokary Liga clean sheet in their last four appearances, their worst defensive run since November 2018.
As for the visitors, despite putting in a plucky display against the defending champions last time out, Kopetdag Ashgabat were hit with a 2-1 defeat against Altyn Asyr and are simply seeking some stability. Despite their bright start to the new campaign, Tofik Şükürow’s side have been hit with back-to-back top-flight losses, including another 2-1 defeat against a struggling Nebitçi a fortnight ago. Opening the midweek fixtures knowing that their top-two ambitions could take a lethal blow on Tuesday, the Blues have also continued to show what have been some rather glaring issues at the back. Despite playing out a thrilling 4-2 win away at Energetik last month, Tuesdays guests have failed to land a single clean sheet in their last eight Yokary Liga outings. In a matchup that should see chances at both ends, we’re backing both teams to find the net in midweek.
Bet: Both teams to score at Ahal vs Kopetdag Ashgabat 2/3 for Tuesday’s Turkmenistan Yokary Liga matchup @ Bet 365
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