China vs Kyrgyzstan
Asian Cup 2019
Date: Monday, 7 January 2019
Kick-Off at 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium (Al Ain).
China battle debutants Kyrgyzstan in the opening Group C game of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
The Team Dragon’s preparations for the continental competition is marred by poor results as only 1 win came from their last 7 friendlies.
China national football team have an experienced tactician in Marcello Lippi. However, the Italian has so far failed to turnaround the team’s fortunes. Lippi’s win-ratio as head-coach of China is a humble ion with a 28% since he took charge midway through World Cup qualifiers back in 2016.
Kyrgyzstan bagged their maiden ticket to the competition by finishing second in the qualifying group behind India.
The White Falcons did manage to rake up morale boosting wins Jordan and Palestine in December friendlies.
However, they do tend to flop against quality sides, a fact drawn from the defeats to Qatar and Japan inside the last two months.
China vs Kyrgyzstan Head-to-head
Team Dragon won all three previous head-to-head meetings with Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan fail to net a goal during that period while China scored at least twice in each encounter.
China vs Kyrgyzstan Prediction
Scoring goals remain a major worry for Lippi’s men and they are expected to struggle when coming across a team like Kyrgyzstan build on the back end of a strong defensive unit. On top of that, their morale is questionable with the team winning just once in the last 7 friendlies.
White Falcons on the other hand had decent results in friendlies off late. And without a doubt they are the team in better spirit here.
Furthermore, Kyrgyzstan’s sterile defense is expected to make life difficult for the struggling Chinese forward line and thus do not expect a goal fest here.
For the mentioned reasons, I will be going with a +1.5 handicap for Kyrgyzstan as well as the under 2.5 full-time goals.
China vs Kyrgyzstan Betting Tips
FT: Kyrgyzstan +1.5 Asian Handicap @ 3/4 (1.75).
Under 2.5 match goals @ 3/4 (1.75).