ACL 2017 MD1 - GROUP D: PERSEPOLIS V AL HILAL PREVIEW

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Muscat: The Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex will see a clash of Asian giants on Tuesday in Group D when Tehran powerhouse Persepolis face Saudi heavyweights Al Hilal in what looks to be one of the stand-out ties of Matchday One.
Persepolis lost out on the 2015-16 Persian Gulf Pro League on goal difference to Esteghlal Khouzestan, but their second-place finish ensured a return to the continental stage after missing out last year.

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Two-time Asian champions Al Hilal do hold the psychological edge over Persepolis as far as the form book is concerned having won two and drawn one of their four previous AFC Champions league encounters. The Riyadh club also eliminated Persepolis in the Round of 16 two years ago in a 3-1 aggregate win.
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This is Persepolis’ sixth appearance in the AFC Champions League. They have never progressed further than the round of 16.
Al-Hilal have made it to the AFC Champions League for the 13th time, the joint-most in the history of the tournament alongside Uzbek side Pakhtakor. They are the last Saudi club to make it to the final, in 2014 (beaten finalist).
Al-Hilal have also made it to the knockout stages in each of the last eight AFC Champions League editions, the longest run in the history of the competition.
Persepolis have won only one of their four AFC Champions League encounters with Al-Hilal (D1 L2). Actually, the Iranian side’s last game in the competition was a 3-0 defeat away at Al-Hilal in the 2015 round of 16.
None of Persepolis’ last 11 games in the AFC Champions League has ended in a draw (W6 L5).
Persepolis have won their last four home games in the AFC Champions League (7 goals scored, 1 conceded). Meanwhile, Al-Hilal have won only one of their last seven away games (D3 L3).
ACL 2017 MD1 - GROUP D: PERSEPOLIS V AL HILAL PREVIEW
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