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The ball rolls in the Tajik League! As in Nicaragua and Belarus, Tajikistan has decided not to temporarily stop playing. So far, the teams in the Tajik upper house have already played two games and there is the usual picture again: FC Istiklol Dushanbe marches to the next championship.
The Tajik record champion is the figurehead of the Tajik League and is unlikely to miss the seventh championship in a row. In the first two games of the season, FC Istiklol won (7-0) against city rivals Dushanbe 83. This weekend, the supposed top game against Khatlon is on the third day of the Tajik League.
Like FC Istiklol, Khatlon – formerly represented as FC Vakhsh in Tajikistan – won the first two games of the season. After the runner-up of last season was defeated on the previous day, FC Khatlon now wants to overthrow the reigning champion. As the betting odds comparison shows, FC Istiklol vs. Khatlon clear favorite according to odds.
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The Tajik lions already won their first title this calendar year. FC Istiklol defeated runner-up Khujand 2-1 in the Super Cup after halftime deficit and thus expanded the trophy collection to include 31 titles across all competitions. The capital city club, which was founded just twelve years ago, is the most successful team in the country.
There are only a few teams in the Tajik League that can keep up with the superiority from Dushanbe. As the Super Cup shows a few weeks ago, Khujand certainly had the chance of the surprising title coup. Nevertheless, the favorite role in the domestic duels of FC Istiklol Dushanbe is undisputed.
In the first two season games of the Tajik League there were two wins for the lions. The victory over the city rivals Dushanbe 83 was particularly noteworthy. The Tajik lions swept the opponents 7-0. Manuchekhr Dzhalilov scored a hat trick.
In the Tajik League, the team of head coach Vitali Levchenko has not yet conceded a goal. It is quite possible that FC Istiklol will also keep the clean slate at home against Khatlon. After all, there were 20 goals conceded in 21 league games last season and thus less than one goal on average.
FC Khatlon has screamed past relegation in the last season. Last year’s seventh, who was still on the road as FC Vaksh before the takeover by the city government of Qurghonteppe, benefited from the increase in the teams in the Tajik League. Khatlon was able to escape the relegation games against the runners-up of the Tajik First Division.
The new season started with two victories for Khatlon. With this, Asliddin Khabibulloev’s team shares the pole position – with points, mind you – with Istiklol Dushanbe. This weekend the match against the record champions from the Tajik capital is coming up. It is a “David versus Goliath” constellation – even if the table situation can say otherwise.
The latest result against Khujand – after all, runner-up and Super Cup opponent of Istiklol – cannot change this assessment. FC Khatlon won 3: 2 against the second strongest team in the league on the previous day. As the odds with the best bookmakers make clear, it was a huge surprise from the penultimate table last season.
The head coach Khabibulloev’s squad currently has only one legionnaire, the Ghanaian goalkeeper Godson. Parviz Baki-Akhunov currently tops FC Khatlon’s internal scorer list with two goals. Compared to the previous year, the offensive ideas of the team were quite impressive, even if it is currently too early to draw an interim conclusion.
The match against the Tajik record champions will be a real mammoth task for FC Khatlon. At Istiklol vs. Khatlon would already be a tip on scoring a score with a lot of risk. An outsider success? Rather unlikely.
Istiqlol Dushanbe vs Khatlon head to head matches
18.09.19 VL Istiqlol Dushanbe Khatlon 2 : 2
25.08.19 VL Khatlon Istiqlol Dushanbe 0 : 5
11.04.19 VL Istiqlol Dushanbe Khatlon 3 : 1
26.08.18 VL Khatlon Istiqlol Dushanbe 1 : 1
19.08.18 VL Khatlon Istiqlol Dushanbe 0 : 1