- Asia’s third matchday in Qatar 2022 qualifying takes place on Thursday
- 4 of the 5 Russia 2018 representatives have been victors final month
- Qatar, Saudi Arabia searching for to bounce again
Asia’s 5 representatives at Russia 2018 take to the sphere for a second time as matchday three of the continent’s second qualifying spherical for Qatar 2022 will get underway on Thursday.
Japan, Australia, IR Iran and Korea Republic will purpose to keep up their profitable type, however Saudi Arabia should put a disappointing 2-2 draw in opposition to Yemen behind them after they entertain Singapore.
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Matchday three fixtures
Group A: Syria-Maldives, China PR-Guam
Group B: Australia-Nepal, Jordan-Kuwait
Group C: IR Iran-Cambodia, Iraq-Hong Kong
Group D: Saudi Arabia-Singapore, Uzbekistan-Yemen
Group E: Oman-Afghanistan, Bangladesh-Qatar
Group F: Japan-Mongolia, Kyrgyz Republic-Myanmar
Group G: United Arab Emirates-Indonesia, Vietnam-Malaysia
Group H: Lebanon-Turkmenistan, Korea Republic-Sri Lanka
On paper, it guarantees to a one-sided contest contemplating that Group E leaders Qatar are ranked 125 locations above Bangladesh on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rating. And their head-to-head document provides additional weight to Qatar’s favourtism with the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ hosts boasting two wins and a draw of their previous three conferences, all in AFC Asian Cup qualifying. But Felix Sanchez’s costs obtained a wake-up name of their final outing after they may solely handle a goalless draw in opposition to India at dwelling, with their marketing campaign doubling as Asian Cup qualifying.
Regardless of shedding to Afghanistan by a solitary-goal within the opener, Jamie Day’s Bangladesh are eager to show themselves in entrance of their dwelling supporters. In fact, few query Qatar’s standing because the undisputed favourites after their spectacular type that secured a maiden Asian Cup in January.
The part’s different match pits Oman and Afghanistan, each at present locked in second on three factors and aiming to maneuver clear with victory.
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In Group A, Marcello Lippi’s China PR welcome Guam searching for a second win however they are going to be cautious of Karl Dodd’s guests, who pulled off gorgeous victories in opposition to the likes of India and Turkmenistan on the street to Russia 2018. Within the group’s different match, Syria entertain Maldives in Dubai hoping to proceed their profitable type.
Group B’s Australia welcome Nepal assured of constructing on their proud dwelling document – the Socceroos solely dwelling defeat since 1981 was a 1-Zero reversal in opposition to China in 2008 when their qualifying mission had already been accomplished. Jordan, in the meantime, entertain Kuwait hoping that they’ll handle a greater end result than the 1-1 draw within the two sides’ WAFF Championship assembly a few months in the past.
In Group C, a second win is firmly in IR Iran’s grasp after they host Cambodia, regardless of lacking star attacker Alireza Jahanbakhsh. Coach Marc Wilmots doesn’t lack for firepower with ace-strikers Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi at his disposal. Iraq welcome Hong Kong within the group’s different match with the hosts decided to bounce again with a victory having drawn 1-1 in opposition to Bahrain within the opener.
In Group D, each Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan enter the matchday hoping to place their marketing campaign again on monitor with victories in opposition to Singapore and Yemen respectively. The West Asians can take coronary heart from their undefeated document whereas the Central Asians, below returning boss Vadim Abramov, shall be assured of prolonging their superior document having received all 4 previous World Cup qualifying conferences in opposition to the Yemenis.
In Group F, coach Hajime Moriyasu has named a full-strength Japan squad largely consisting of their European-based stars as they purpose to safe a second successive win in opposition to Mongolia at dwelling. The opposite match sees hosts Kyrgyz Republic and Myanmar searching for to seize their first factors.
Group G backside facet Indonesia travels to United Arab Emirates desperately searching for to remain in contact with the remainder of the group after struggling back-to-back losses at dwelling. Nevertheless, Bert van Marwijk’s facet boast robust dwelling type, together with three wins and a attract native circumstances throughout their Russia 2018 marketing campaign. A pair of outdated foes re-unite within the different match with hosts Vietnam and Malaysia hoping to get again on monitor with victory.
Elsewhere, Group H favourites Korea Republic journey to Sri Lanka with their sights fastened firmly on three factors whereas pointless Lebanon entertain Turkmenistan eager to rekindle their hopes with a win at dwelling.
Do you know?
Iraq followers will finish their lengthy look forward to a recreation on dwelling soil when they’ll lastly host a World Cup qualifier after they welcome Hong Kong to the Basra Worldwide Stadium, Basra. The final aggressive worldwide fixture staged in Iraq was in 2011 after they defeated Yemen 2-Zero on the street to Brazil 2014.