For a while now, the world has been going on and on about the UEFA Champions League. It’s Europe’s biggest football competition whose prize is the most coveted on the continent.
Europe is not the only continent to host intercontinental football though. Every other continent hosts the competition too, from CONCACAF to CAF, COPA Libertadores and the AFC, intercontinental football is everywhere.
When the big leagues in Europe are done with, these competitions will be very much alive. What this means is that there will be more than enough games all year long to place your bets on. It’s best to get to know more about these competitions now, right?
Let’s start with the AFC Champions League. This is the inter-continental football competition in Asia. Just like the UEFA Champions League, the AFC Champions League trophy is contested for by 32 teams from different countries in the Asian region.
These 32 teams are split into 8 groups of four teams each. This year’s edition of the competition, which started early February, has already seen two Matchdays and a lot of action already. What else is there to know about this season’s edition of the competition?
On Matchday 1, the home teams won 6 of the opening 16 games of the round. There were 5 draws and the rest ended in wins for the away sides.
Of all the 16 games that have been played in Matchday 2, the home teams have won 8 of those games, with four of them ending in draws and the other four ending in wins for the away team. Of those eight wins, the home teams scored over 1,5 goals six times.
Yes, it may still be early days in the 2018 AFC Champions League season but these are early pointers that indicate just how the competition will play out this season.
Games without goals in this season’s AFC Champions League have been very rare. To be more specific, 32 games have been played in the season so far. Only one ended in a 0-0 draw.
The first Matchday witnessed 47 goals across 16 games. That’s an average of almost 3 goals per game. In On Matchday 2, the number of goals scored reduced to 46, still nearing an average of 3 goals per game. 17 games of the 32 played have had both teams score in them.
Teams to watch out for
These are basically the teams who have dominated the competition so far and sit comfortably at the top of their respective groups.
Jeonbuk Motors, a team from South Korea, has scored a record number of 9 goals in just two games. They’ve only conceded two goals and are top of Group E. Al Duhail is the next high scoring team on the list, with six goals scored and three conceded. Shanghai SIPG, Ulsan, Lokomotiv, Al Gharafa have all scored an average of two goals per game so far in the competition.
They’re not the most popular teams in the world. But now you know them, what they’re capable of and which ones can help you to make some more money out of sports betting. Which of these teams will you now be on the lookout for going forward in the AFC Champions League this season?
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