Dushanbe 83 vs. Istiklol Odds, Prediction, and Pick – Tajikistan Higher League, April 8

By Dan Roberts in Soccer
| April 7, 2020 1:34 am PDT
Dushanbe 83 vs. Istiklol Tajikistan Higher League

Dushanbe 83 kicks off its new season with the toughest fixture of them all as it faces reigning champions Istiklol. The newly promoted club might be looking further ahead for a realistic chance of winning points, but manager Nazirsho Rizomov can learn a lot from how his players perform here.

Istiklol is looking for its seventh straight league title and will feel this capital city derby game is there for the taking.

Read through this Dushanbe 83 vs. Istiklol betting preview for more information.

Dushanbe 83 vs. Istiklol Odds

Dushanbe 83 to Win+670
The Draw+400
Istiklol to Win-312

The gap in top flight experience and talent is reflected in BetOnline’s pricing of the game, with Istiklol the big favorites to start off another league campaign with a win. Even the draw is unfancied, as Dushanbe looks to keep its opponents from running away with this one.

Match Preview

Dushanbe 83 comes up from the second tier after finishing third in the Tajikistan First League last season. There was not much between this team, Lokomotiv Pamir, and Fayzkand at the top of the table in 2019, but this is a huge step up for the club.

Nazirsho Rizomov’s side was not exactly prolific last year, compared to its main rivals, so there will probably be an emphasis on the defense here, hoping to contain the Istiklol attacks for as long as possible. Istiklol scored 60 goals in just 21 league games last year, however, so that might be easier said than done.

New manager Vitali Levchenko has a number of new players in his squad this season and will feel that there is more than enough talent to pick up another championship, let alone beat Dushanbe 83 in its first league game of the season.

The Super Cup triumph at the weekend showed that this team can pull together and come back into a game if needed, but it may not have to work too hard here.

Dushanbe 83 vs. Istiklol Pick

Pick
  • Istiklol to Win
    -312

The odds are not likely to be very attractive for an Istiklol win throughout the season unless we see a few surprises in the opening weeks. But with the club’s dominance in Tajikistani soccer, there is not really another way of looking at this game. The fact that Dushanbe 83 has only just come up from the second tier makes this prediction even easier.

There’s one other game in the Tajikstan Higher League this Wednesday, which I’ve also covered. Here’s my preview of CSKA Pamir vs. Khujand.

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