Al-Hilal - Mumbai City FC predictions and free betting tips [23/10/2023]
On Monday, Al-Hilal will host Mumbai City in the 3rd round of the AFC Champions League group stage at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh.
Al-Hilal comfortably tops the table with 4 points earned so far. In the previous round, the club from Saudi Arabia claimed a comprehensive 3:0 away win over Nassaji. In the national league, they sit at the very top of the table with 26 points. Head coach Jorge Jesus usually favours the 4-2-3-1 formation. Over the weekend, Al-Hilal triumphed over Al-Khaleej 1:0; Mitrovic netted the only goal. Even in the absence of injured Neymar, the coaching staff has coped well. Jesus has a solid list of forward players, though he sets his team from the defence. It's challenging for rivals to crack Al-Hilal's defence, expertly managed by Koulibaly.
Mumbai City sit rock-bottom, having failed to score in 2 bouts. A 0:3 loss to Navbahor was recorded in the last round. In their national league, Mumbai claimed a 2:1 victory over Kerala Blasters. The team has accumulated 7 points in 3 rounds so far. Head Coach Des Buckingham, a Brit, tends to deploy a 4-3-3 system. Attacker Pereira Diaz from Argentina is in good form, having already scored 4 goals.
The contenders have never faced each other before.
Al-Hilal have claimed 5 wins in their last 5 fixtures across all competitions. I foresee that the home team from Saudi Arabia will emerge superior again.
Mumbai City haven't played against high-level teams for a while. I think it's sensible to place a bet on TO (Total Over).