Istiklol vs Khujand: the football season starts in Tajikistan
On Saturday, another tournament in the world of football will take place - the game for the Super Cup kicks off the season in Tajikistan. And on Sunday we are waiting for the first round of the championship.
The battle for Tajikistan Super Cup will take place at Dushanbe Central Stadium, the current champion of the country - Istiklol, and the silver medalist of the last championship - Khujand, will meet. The thing is that the Istiklol scored a double last season, winning both the championship and the Tajikistan Super Cup. That is why the rival in the battle for the Super Cup was the second team in the league last season.
Bookmakers consider the actual home team unambiguous favourites. While Bookmakers do not believe in the success of Khujand.
History of Tajikistan Super Cup games
The first Tajikistan Super Cup took place in 2010. Back then Istiklol defeated Vakhsh with 2:0. Istiklol generally took part in 9 out of 10 games in the Tajikistan Super cup, having won 8 titles during this time. Khujand never won this trophy but lost three times in the last 4 years to Istiklol.
Only once the owner of the Super Cup of Tajikistan had to resort to a penalty shootout. In 9 cases out of 10, everything was decided in the main time of the game. And that's the reason why bookmakers offer rather high odds for a draw in the normal time of the game.
The history of personal meetings between FC Istiklol and FC Khujand
A huge advantage here is on the side of the current champions of the country - Istiklol immediately won 9 of the last 11 full-time games against Khujand. On March 11 this year, as part of the first round of the Asian AFC Cup, the team from Dushanbe won 2-0. In general, since 2012, rivals have played 23 games, and Istiklol was stronger in 21 of them.
Bets on goals and totals in the game for the Tajik Super Cup
If you look at the history of games for the Super Cup of Tajikistan, it is clearly on the side of the effectiveness of the meetings. In 7 out of 8 previous games at least three goals were scored for the victory in normal time. In 2018 and 2019, Istiklol outplayed Khujand with a score of 3:2 and 3:0.
It is also worth noting that in 2 of the last 3 games between the clubs the first half of the game was already productive. Opponents scored at least two goals by the end of the 45-minute.