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Preview - Group D: Persepolis FC (IRN) v Al Ahli Saudi FC (KSA)

Monday, April 8, 2019
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Dubai: Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli and the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Persepolis will go head-to-head in Group D of the AFC Champions League at Al Wasl Stadium on Tuesday.

Al Ahli won their opening game of the competition 2-0 against Qatar’s Al Sadd, but suffered a 1-0 defeat to Uzbekistan’s Pakhtakor four weeks ago ahead of the double header with the Iranian champions. 

The Jeddah side defeated Al Shabab 4-0 in the Saudi Pro League on Friday and remain in fifth place in the standings, but well off the pace of the front two – Al Nassr and Al Hilal.

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Persepolis, who eliminated Al Ahli at the quarter-final stage of the 2017 edition, have picked up just one point from two games after going down to Al Sadd 1-0 on Matchday Two. 

The Tehran team have been on strong form domestically, though, and have won their past three Iranian Pro League games, including a 2-0 victory over Paykan last week that maintained their place at the top of the table.

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