Lokomotiv Pamir vs. Khatlon Betting Preview, April 26 – Tajikistan Higher League Odds, Predictions, and Picks

By Dan Roberts in Soccer
| April 25, 2020 3:57 am PDT
Lokomotiv Pamir vs. Khatlon Tajikistan Higher League

One of the promoted clubs takes on the side that has surprised everyone in Tajikistan so far this weekend as Khatlon travels to the capital city once again, this time to take on Lokomotiv Pamir.

The visitors are one of just four unbeaten teams in the top flight and may well be confident that they can keep that streak going against a side that only lost its own similar record last weekend. Find more details below in my Lokomotiv Pamir vs. Khatlon betting preview.

Lokomotiv Pamir vs. Khatlon Odds

Lokomotiv Pamir to Win+225
The Draw+321
Khatlon to Win-116

Khatlon’s fantastic start to the season has definitely encouraged BetOnline to give it the status of favorite for this game. With the way Lokomotiv has begun its own campaign, the odds for a draw look interesting, but the smart money will probably be on the away side extending its positive run for at least another week.

Match Preview

Lokomotiv boss Mubin Ergashev has continued to rely on his very youthful squad to get the job done, and they have remained loyal to the cause so far. The loss to CSKA last weekend was disappointing, but Lokomotiv really fell away in the second half to gift the hosts the points in the end.

As positive as the first two games were, that defeat was the first time Lokomotiv had faced a club that was in the Higher League last season. So it might be the case that this young team is not quite ready for the step up in a way that was previously thought.

Khatlon may well prove that point on Sunday, as it is enjoying a wonderful 2020 on the pitch so far. After the good wins against Istaravshan and Khujand in the first two rounds, only an injury-time penalty stopped Asliddin Khabibullaev’s men from recording a famous victory over Istiklol in the champions’ own home stadium.

But the draw was still an excellent result, considering that the game was switched to Dushanbe at the last minute. Khatlon will already know whether it will be able to leapfrog the league winners in the table, as Istiklol plays the day before. But just keeping up is good enough at the moment.

Lokomotiv Pamir vs. Khatlon Pick

Pick
  • Khatlon to Win
    -116

After only barely escaping relegation last season, I’ve been very impressed with the way Khatlon has sprinted out of the blocks this year. Hopefully, the players will not be too disheartened about the way two points were thrown away against Istiklol and will be concentrating on picking up another three against Lokomotiv on Sunday. If Parviz Baki-Akhunov can make it three goals in three games, then that should definitely be the case.

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