Kopetdag vs. Ahal Odds, Prediction, and Pick – Turkmenistan Yokary Liga, April 25
Two of the early leaders in the Yokary Liga go head to head at the weekend as Ahal makes the short journey to Ashgabat to take on Kopetdag.
Ahal has been the main challenger to Altyn Asyr in the last few seasons, but maybe it is time for former Turkmenistan powerhouse Kopetdag to make a renewed effort to lift the league championship trophy.
I provide the odds and my pick in this Kopetdag vs. Ahal betting preview.
Kopetdag vs. Ahal Latest Odds
The surprise results in Central Asia over the past few weeks mean that nothing can be taken for granted at the moment, and BetOnline has obviously found it difficult to separate these two ahead of this weekend’s game. Kopetdag is the slight favorite, probably down to home field advantage more than anything, but Ahal is also unbeaten this season.
It has been 20 years since Kopetdag won the league, but one of Turkmenistan’s most successful clubs has looked like the real deal this season and currently sits second in the table behind this weekend’s opponent. But that has been mostly down to a strong defense that has only conceded one goal in the opening four games.
That goal came from reigning champions Altyn Asyr last weekend as Kopetdag left it late to draw level. Its place at the summit was only temporary thanks to Ahal’s win the next day, and the timing of this fixture could not have come at a better time as we get some insight into how the Yokary Liga will develop this season.
Ahal will be confident of making four in a row, however, as it looks to continue its 100% winning start to the season. The fact that there have been no goals conceded in its first three games is even more impressive. The latest win was a comprehensive 2-0 win against Sagadam that gave the club its top-of-the-table position.
With Kopetdag in the form that it is currently, this is the first real test for Ahal, though. So it will be interesting to see whether the attacking style of play works as well against a side that is able to rely on its defensive qualities to grind out results.
Kopetdag vs. Ahal Prediction and Pick
Ahal to Win+188
Although Kopetdag has performed better than expected this season, the real form side in Turkmenistan is this weekend’s visitors. Ahal has been able to start the campaign off by racking up points and goals against some of the lesser teams and can now use that confidence to take down the big boys, too. There is enough in the Ahal team to break down the host’s back line, so I think an away win is perfectly possible.
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