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Thailand’s side, Ratchaburi, lost their first match in the AFC Champions League to Pohang Steelers. They will now lock horns with Johor Darul Ta’zim in the second match of the competition. This is Ratchaburi’s debut season in the AFC Champions League and so the big question is can they defeat Johor Darul Ta’zim that has previously played at this level? Find out more in our comprehensive match preview in this post.
Ratchaburi vs Johor Darul Ta’zim: Top Free Predictions and Tips by Football Ground Guide
Our soccer predictions at Football Ground Guide have been extensively researched and have no bias. We have narrowed down to the best three predictions for this fixture as follows:
- Match result
- Johor Darul Ta’zim to win
- Total goals
- Over 2.5
- Both teams to score
Note that odds are subject to change so ensure to visit William Hill, our recommended bookie for this fixture, for updated prices.
Johor Darul Ta’zim F.C to win
We are backing Johor Darul Ta’zim to win their second fixture in the AFC Champions League. The Malaysian side has played at this level before, which was evident against much-experienced Nagoya Grampus in the first game. We think Johor Darul Ta’zim will overcome their setback in the first game to get victory on Friday against AFC Champions League first-timers Ratchaburi.
More than two goals expected between Ratchaburi and Johor Darul Ta’zim
We expect a high-scoring match between Ratchaburi and Johor Darul Ta’zim on matchday. While these teams are meeting for the first time, we think this will be an open game as both sides look for victory. Ratchaburi have suffered in recent matches due to defensive flops, shipping at least two goals in each of their last four games. The Thailand outfit has lost three of their last four games because of poor defending even though they have managed to score three goals in two of their last five matches. On the flipside, Johor Darul Ta’zim has lost only one of their four matches and got two clean-sheet victories and a draw. The Malaysian side has scored four goals in three of their last five fixtures.
Both teams should find the net in this fixture. Despite losing in their opening games in the 2021 AFC Champions League, we expect goals in a fixture that will see both teams hunt for goals, leaving the backline open for exploitation.
Match Preview: AFC Champions League First-Timers, Ratchaburi, Hope for Turnaround in their Second Fixture
The 2021 AFC Champions League has kicked off with interesting results. Ratchaburi and Johor Darul Ta’zim that lost their first matches will now square it out in round two as they battle for the third spot on Friday 25th June 2021. See team previews below for more details.
A debut season in the AFC Champions League hasn’t started well for Thailand outfit, Ratchaburi. They lost 2-0 to Pohang Steelers after failing to convert two shots on target a few days ago. Ratchaburi had three corners but three yellow cards to defenders Thanaset Sujarit, Narakorn Noomchansakul and Pawee Tanthatemee could have slowed things a little bit for Sek-san Siripong’s side in their first attempt in the competition. Moreover, the Thailand side had to do 17 clearances, 13 tackles and 12 interceptions to keep away rioting Pohang Steelers from putting more balls behind the net. We expect Sek-san Siripong’s to make tactical changes in his second game, especially in the attacking front for a more clinical finish.
Johor Darul Ta’zim
Johor Darul Ta’zim couldn't break even in their first game after falling 1-0 to Nagoya Grampus on top of the hour. The Malaysian side now has a chance to redeem itself from a 1-nil setback. It is up to the Mexican tactician, Benjamin Mora, to get more men behind the ball as he seeks more shots on target on Friday. They only managed one shot on target despite a near-par ball possession of 49% in the first game. They come into this fixture with five yellow cautions but with plenty of positives to pick from and hopefully turn things around on Friday.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Which team is making their debut season in the AFC Champions League?
Ratchaburi is playing in the competition for the first time.
Which team is our favourite to win this match?
Johor Darul Ta’zim
When will this game take place?
Friday 25th June 2021 at 17:00 GMT +3