Sagadam vs. Kopetdag Betting Preview and Pick – Turkmenistan Yokary Liga, May 4

By Dan Roberts in Soccer
| May 2, 2020 3:15 am PDT
Sagadam vs. Kopetdag Turkmenistan Yokary Liga

This game pits two of the Yokary Liga hopefuls together as they look to break into the top tier of the top flight and compete with Altyn Asyr and Ahal.

Sagadam is the only realistic challenger from outside of the capital but has never really picked up honors on a consistent basis, whereas Kopetdag is well supported but has to go back to the 1990s for its collection of league titles. This fixture looks like being a battle to become the “best of the rest.”

You can find my Sagadam vs. Kopetdag prediction below.

Latest Betting Odds

Sagadam to Win+121
The Draw+179
Kopetdag to Win+231

Bookmaker BetOnline has home side Sagadam as the favorite here, but I’m more inclined to look at Kopetdag to take this game or at least push for a draw away from home. Sagadam’s form has not been as good as expected this season, and it could be another difficult day for the team from Turkmenbasy.

Sagadam vs. Kopetdag Match Preview

As the clubs prepared for the 2020 Yokary Liga season, there was a thought that Sagadam might be able to push on from last year’s third-place finish and challenge the top two this time around. The seasiders finished just two points behind Ahal in second in the end, only just missing out on the AFC Cup qualification spot.

But results have not been forthcoming, with the first victory of the season only coming last week as it squeaked past lowly Merw 1-0 at home. There was the draw with Altyn Asyr, but one win from five games is not what Sagadam will have expected. Maybe last weekend’s win will kick-start the season, though?

With the Yokary Liga balancing out slightly from last season in terms of talent and personnel, Kopetdag’s start to the new season looked like making the championship race much more interesting. The draw with Altyn Asyr in the local derby certainly suggested that it would be more than a two-horse race this time around.

The defeat to Ahal last weekend was disappointing, but the visitors needed a penalty to take the points, and considering how good Ahal has looked this season, that is not an embarrassing outcome for Kopetdag. If the Asgabat club can put that defeat behind it, there might still be a positive push for the title this year.

Sagadam vs. Kopetdag Prediction and Pick

Pick
  • Kopetdag to Win
    +231

Sagadam’s first win of the season might have convinced BetOnline that it is back in the race, but managing just the one goal against Merw is not an impressive achievement, and I feel that Kopetdag is in a better place to pick up a valuable win here. There have not been many goals in games involving either side, but a narrow Kopetdag victory might be a possibility here.

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