17 January 2019
Japan and Uzbekistan will face-off at the Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium in Al Ain in a match that will decide the winner of the AFC Asian Cup Group F.
Considered 11/4 favorites to wrap up the title, the Samurai Blue have started the tournament off on the right foot, securing two straight triumphs over Turkmenistan and Oman. Considering both of their successes saw Japan beating their rivals with a narrow 1-goal margin, Hajime Moriyasu’s men have to win this if looking to overthrow Uzbekistan on the top of the group. Japan are unbeaten in seven consecutive games after the World Cup exit (W6, D1), with Samurai Blue scoring over 2.5 goals per match five times during the run. What’s more, Moriyasu’s players have kept a clean sheet five times in that period, allowing over 1.5 goals per game twice though.
On the other hand, Uzbekistan’s majestic start of the competition has seen them clinch two victories, scoring over 1.5 goals per match in each. Only two teams have scored more goals than Uzbekistan (6) so far. However, apart from their displays at the tournament, the Turanians have been far from impressive in the final third lately, failing to hit the net five times in eight clashes before arriving in the UAE. Hector Cuper’s team’s main strength is their backline that has kept a clean sheet four times in their last six meetings, allowing over 1.5 goals per match only twice in the previous ten matches. Although both of their opening games produced over 2.5 goals, 11 of White Wolves’ 13 games ahead of the tournament ended with less than three goals.
22 May 2019 Guangzhou Evergrande’s pursuit of the AFC Champions League knockout-stage promotion comes down to the last group-phase fixture as they welcome Daegu to the …Read More
23 May 2019 D.C. United and Real Betis go head-to-head for a friendly challenge, as the visitors head towards Audi Field for the first time. Both …Read More
22 May 2019 Guangzhou R&F and Borussia Monchengladbach will face-off at the Yuexiushan Stadium in China for a friendly fixture a few days after the completion …Read More
22 May 2019 Gyeongnam come face-to-face with Johor Darul Ta’zim at the Changwon Football Centre Stadium in a must-win clash for the home side. Sitting third …Read More
22 May 2019 Top of Group E clash between Kashima Antlers (2) and Shandong (1) Luneng that takes place at the Kashima Soccer Stadium sees the …Read More