LDU were one of my teams last year, but that was a very long season for the Ecuadorian side the Copa Libertadores winners, who then had to play the World Club Championship and cashed in on their fame with a number of other games and tournaments around the world. as you might expect, their players were in demand also and the core of the winning squad has broken up. They are much stronger at home and whilst they will enjoy plenty of support in Spain, they will be without two key players in captain Patricio Urrutia and defender Norberto Araujo and i do not think we will see them at their best this evening.
Al-Ittihad are a massive club in Saudi and they have prepared meticulously for this tournament, as you might expect, money is no problem and they have been based in Spain for ages. New coach Eric Gerets has been working hard with his players and they are gaining experience on a bigger scale, already having qualified for the quarter finals of the Asian Champions League. He has a number of talented players at his disposal including star midfielder Mohammed Noor who has been compared to Patrick Viera, if you see him play you will understand why. I like them with this handicap start.
6 points Al-Ittihad +3/4 ball 1.93 asian line.Good Luck.