AFC Champions League Preview: Al Hilal vs. Navbahor Prediction, Odds, and Picks (Sep 18)
- Neymar recorded an assist on his Al Hilal debut.
- The Brazilian star is expected to start on Monday.
- Navbahor’s roster is 25 times less valuable than Al Hilal’s.
Neymar made his Al Hilal debut on Friday evening, coming on the pitch from the bench. The Brazilian superstar with a $3.1 million a week contract is expected to make his first start for his new club in the 2023 AFC Champions League match against Navbahor Namangan. The game is played on Al Hilal’s turf – Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium in Riyadh – on Monday, September 18.
How to Watch
- When: Monday, September 18, 2023, at 2:00 p.m ET
- Where: Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- How to Watch: Paramount+
In his first-ever game for Al Hilal, Neymar looked incredible, showing that he’s way above most players competing in the Saudi Pro League. Although he didn’t score, he did help his team grab a 6-1 with by making an assist. As a result, Al Hilal is now at the very top of the SPL table.
But this team’s ambitions go beyond the domestic league. Jorge Jesus’s men want to challenge for the continental title as well. Al Hilal is the most successful team in the AFC Champions League with four titles, but they failed to win it last year when Urawa Red Diamonds beat them 2-1 on aggregate.
The new campaign starts on September 18, and Al Hilal’s players want to start it in top gear. They want to destroy their Uzbekistani opponents from Navbahor Namangan, something which shouldn’t be that hard to achieve. The thing is that Al Hilal’s roster is 25 times more valuable than the one of Navbahor.
Al Hilal will do a demolition job on Monday. Even without Neymar on the field, the boys from the Saudi capital would’ve had an easy job against Navbahor. But he’s likely to play from the very start, which is why it’s only logical to assume we’re going to witness goals galore.
- Al Hilal to win & over 4.5 goals