Al-Hilal Riyadh vs Al-Ittihad Jeddah Football tips and predictions

Al-Ittihad Jeddah have taken just one point from their last three Saudi Arabia. Saudi Professional League matches, following last weekend’s 3-1 defeat away to their opponent. Al-Ittihad Jeddah are still seventh overall in the table, but the distance between them and the Continental qualification positions is slowly getting bigger. Saturday’s match at home to reigning champions Al-Hilal Riyadh should prove no easy feat either – Al-Ittihad Jeddah haven’t won against any Saudi Arabia. Saudi Professional League leader since September 2008 and, notably, are without a win against any side currently within the top eight so far this season.

Al-Hilal Riyadh have turned around their “unconvincing” run in style over the past 7 days. Al-Hilal Riyadh dominated and humiliated their opponent with a 8-0 win at home last weekend, which also saw their striker net his first hat-trick of 2017, to become the Saudi Arabia. Saudi Professional League’s joint top scorer (19 goals) in the process, before easing their way through to the semi-finals of the national cup at home to opponent during the week (3-0 win).

Al-Hilal Riyadh are clear favourites here at 4/9 with bet365, but we feel that backing “both teams to score” at 21/20 has some decent potential for the following reasons:

Most people know about Al-Hilal Riyadh and their striker, and for good reason too. He is a world class striker and currently in top form, with seven goals from his last four competitive outings. He’s also scored three goals in Al-Hilal Riyadh’s last four on the road so you’d fancy him to continue this run as an anytime goalscorer at 4/7 with bet365. However, Al-Ittihad Jeddah are not without a weapon of their own in French striker.Not to mention that he scored against the visitors earlier this season when Al-Ittihad Jeddah took a point away from Al-Hilal Riyadh (1-1 draw).

Notably, Al-Hilal Riyadh’s recent domination has in fact come from matches at home. Al-Hilal Riyadh have failed to keep a clean sheet in three of their last four Saudi Arabia. Saudi Professional League away matches, including against some much weaker teams than Al-Ittihad Jeddah, and the added strain following their mid-week national cup match, where the league leaders fielded a full strength squad, should add even more value to Al-Ittihad Jeddah getting one against them.

Regarding a correct score bet, though Al-Ittihad Jeddah are unbeaten at home this season (W5 D5), Al-Hilal Riyadh hold the best away record in the Saudi Arabia. Saudi Professional League (W8 D2 L1). Al-Ittihad Jeddah’s poor track record against much stronger sides, combined with Al-Hilal Riyadh’s return to goal-scoring form, means we feel the Al-Hilal Riyadhns could sneak another win here. As such, we feel there’s decent value to be had backing a 2-1 Al-Hilal Riyadh win at 15/2 with bet365.

Al-Hilal Riyadh vs Al-Ittihad Jeddah Football tips and predictions

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