The news this week has been largely dominated by action from the second round of games in both the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League.
As expected, there was little noise about the club football action in Asia and South America.
This week, the first leg semi-final games in both the AFC Champions League and Copa Libertadores were played. These games featured the best teams going head-to-head for a chance to feature in the final.
Chances are that you couldn’t cash in on the first leg action in both continents.
As the second leg games approach, here’s what you need to know about the competition so far to make money from it.
AFC Champions League
Al-Hilal and Urawa Reds took a bold step towards the final with their first leg wins over Al Sadd and Guangzhou Evergrande respectively.
While it was a 2-0 home triumph for Urawa Reds, Al Hilal made a bold statement, scoring four goals away from home.
Since the knockout stages began, these four sides have been scoring goals for fun. Here are their numbers since the group stages ended:
- Al Hilal: 11 goals in 5 games
- Al Sadd: 9 goals in 5 games
- Urawa Reds: 9 goals in 5 games
- Guangzhou Evergrande: 5 goals in 5 games
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Al Sadd face a uphill task in this second leg tie as they try to overturn their 4-1 deficit. They haven’t won any of their knockout games at home this season.
In the other tie, Guangzhou will have the advantage of playing in front of their home crowd against Urawa. However, the last time they played at home, they conceded four goals.
One of the semi-final games was a repeat of last year’s unforgettable final between River Plate and Boca Juniors. Both Argentine sides continued their rivalry this week, with River Plate winning by two goals.
They conceded 10 River Plate goals in their last five meetings.
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River Plate has only conceded one goal in their last five Copa Libertadores games.
In the other Copa Libertadores semi-final game, it ended in a stalemate between Flamengo and Gremio. Both Brazilian sides head into the second leg without any side having the clear advantage.
Unlike the AFC Champions League, it hasn’t been a high-scoring affair in South America. Only one game (out of eight) featured over 2,5 goals in the quarter-finals. None of the two first-leg semi-final games featured over 2,5 goals.
Do you think the second leg of games will produce more goals? Which of these eight sides do you think will make it into the final of both competitions respectively?
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