Uzbekistan vs Singapore
Uzbekistan’s hopes of successfully negotiating their World Cup Qualifying campaign are on the line as Singapore arrive at the King Fahd International Stadium for one of the deciding Group D matches.
Uzbekistan haven’t drawn any of their five World Cup Qualifying fixtures in the ongoing series (W3, L2), with four of the matches won/lost yielding a full-time margin of 2+ goals. There’s been plenty of action in Uzbekistan’s home World Cup Qualifying games, with an average of 4.00 goals per match opposing the fact just one of their three such contests saw both sides on the scoresheet. Watch out for early action, considering each of their three World Cup Qualifying matches on the home soil has seen the opener scored within 18 minutes of play, with two featuring precisely two first-half strikes. The ‘White Wolves’ boast a 100% win record against Singapore in the World Cup Qualifying series (W3), scoring 3+ goals in two of those three victories.
Meanwhile, following a 2-2 home draw with Yemen in their Group D curtain-raiser, none of Singapore’s remaining five World Cup Qualifying games this campaign have ended level (W2, L3). Curiously, while both Singapore’s wins in that five-match sequence came by the identical 2-1 scoreline, each defeat saw them go down to at least a two-goal margin and concede 3+ goals. Particularly vulnerable in the earlier stages of play, the ‘Lions’ have let in a goal within the first 20 minutes in four of their last five World Cup Qualifying outings. Away from home, Tatsuma Yoshida’s men have claimed just a single win in their previous six matches (90 minutes only – D2, L3), including friendlies.