Istiklol vs. Kuktosh Betting Preview for April 25 – Tajikistan Higher League Predictions and Picks

By Dan Roberts in Soccer
| April 24, 2020 2:14 am PDT
Istiklol vs. Kuktosh Tajikistan Higher League

The new season in Tajikistan had been fairly predictable up until last week when a number of results went against the form book and made things much more interesting for the neutrals.

Those games make this fixture a meeting of two of the top three in the Higher League and Istiklol looking to regain its superiority in a country that it has dominated for so long.

Read on for more details in this Istiklol vs. Kuktosh betting preview.

Istiklol vs. Kuktosh Odds

Istiklol to Win-685
The Draw+597
Kuktosh to Win+1157

Only last week, I was saying how rare it would be for anyone to back any other team in a game against Istiklol, and the BetOnline sportsbook is proving that is still the case with these odds. But the way the round three games went, these prices suddenly seem to be a little over the top. The odds for even a draw are mightily tempting.

Match Preview

Istiklol had started the season in its usual fashion, brushing aside opponents in the first two games and not conceding a single goal to take its customary place at the top of the table. So when the game against Khatlon was rearranged to be played in Dushanbe last weekend, it seemed as though the outcome was even more predictable.

But things did not go to plan. Only a stoppage time penalty saved Istiklol’s blushes as it scrambled to a 2-2 draw and made the league suddenly more open. There is still a long way to go, and the brace from Manuchekhr Dzhalilov suggests that he is in fine form. But opponents might not be quite as fearful of the champions now.

That is what Kuktosh manager Rahmatullo Fuzailov will be hoping that his players will think now, anyway. The pre-season FFT Cup winners are poised in third to leapfrog Istiklol this weekend if the game goes its way, so there is a lot riding on this one.

Kuktosh battled its way to a 1-1 draw with fellow challengers Khujand on Wednesday and would dearly love to follow up that impressive draw with something even better against the reigning champions.

Istiklol vs. Kuktosh Pick

Pick
  • Istiklol to Win
    -685

As tempting as it is to take Istiklol’s recent hiccup as a sign that it will not dominate the league this year, I am more of the persuasion that the draw will be one of the very few games it drops points in this season instead. The odds for a home win are nowhere near good enough to warrant a bet, but it could be used in a parlay wager with some other closer-looking fixtures.

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