Preview - Round of 16 1st Leg: Al Ahli Saudi FC (KSA) vs Al Hilal SFC (KSA)
Jeddah: With three of the last four Saudi Pro League titles shared between them, domestic rivals Al Ahli and Al Hilal lock horns at King Abdullah Sport City in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 on Tuesday.
Al Ahli finished second behind Al Sadd in Group D, while Al Hilal topped Group C to set up the first AFC Champions League clash between the two sides and the fourth all-Saudi Round-of-16 tie in the competition’s history.
Preview – Round of 16 1st Leg: Al Duhail SC (QAT) vs Al Sadd SC (QAT)
Al Wakrah: After contesting a two-horse race in the Qatar Stars League and going head-to-head in the Amir Cup final, Doha sides Al Duhail and Al Sadd take their rivalry to the Continental stage as they face-off in the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 first leg on Tuesday.
Al Sadd ultimately sealed the league title with a seven-point margin over runners-up Al Duhail, while the latter stormed to a 4-1 victory over their rivals to lift the Amir Cup trophy.
Both sides had reached the 2018 AFC Champions League knock-out stages, before being eliminated by eventual finalists Persepolis, who defeated Al Duhail in the quarter-finals and Al Sadd in the semi-finals.
Amman: Ahead of West Asia's 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16, the-AFC.com takes a look at the head coaches of the eight sides in contention.
Youth is the name of the game in West Asia this year as six of the eight AFC Champions League Round of 16 sides are led by head coaches younger than 50. With four new appointments and four continuing from the group stage, we are set to see some mouthwatering tactical battles over the next two weeks.
Amman: Ahead of the 2019 AFC Champions League knockout stage, clubs across the Continent have been busy strengthening their squads and making managerial appointments.
As a hot summer across West Asia comes to an end, it has also been a heated season in the transfer market. The eight teams from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Islamic Republic of Iran and Qatar bolstered their ranks with exciting signings who hope to start with a bang as teams kick-off their season with the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 matches in August.