Preview and prediction for Karbalaa vs Al Karkh, taking place on 18th April at 19:00, in the Iraqi Premier League. Experts provide analysis and predictions, as well as odds comparison for the match between Karbalaa and Al Karkh.
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MATCH PREVIEW FOR KARBALAA VS AL KARKH As the season comes to a close, Karbalaa has been playing more consistently. They have won 2 of their last 3 matches and have secured their place in the league, currently standing in 14th place with 27 points, 6 points ahead of the relegation zone.
With only one more round of matches left, Karbalaa has no further objectives for the season. On the other hand, the relegation battle for Al Karkh is still ongoing, as they currently sit in 9th place with 33 points.
Both teams have already achieved their objectives for the 2022/23 season and are not in contention for the AFC Cup spots. As a result, this match is a mere formality for both Karbalaa and Al Karkh.
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Looking at the head-to-head record, Al Karkh has a slight edge with 5 wins, 3 draws, and only 2 losses in their last 10 matches against Karbalaa. Both teams are relaxed going into this match and may play more openly.
Asian Handicap odds prediction: In reality, this is Karbalaa's first season back in the Iraqi Premier League, so avoiding relegation is already considered a success for them. With that relaxed mindset, Karbalaa can seek to settle the score after losing 0-1 in the first leg. Pick: Karbalaa for the whole match
Over/Under odds prediction: The last 4 meetings between the two teams have resulted in no more than 2 goals. Both teams may have a "let's get it over with" mentality in this match, so the possibility of a high-scoring game is not very likely. Pick: Under for the whole match
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