Lebanon vs Saudi Arabia
Asia- AFC Asian Cup.
Date: Saturday, 12th January 2019.
Kick-Off at 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: Al Maktoum Stadium (Dubai).
The Cedars are low on morale after their opening defeat to Qatar in Group E. They will need some luck in their following games to qualify for the knockout rounds.
After restricting Qatar to a goalless draw in the first half, two goals after the 60th minute decided the fate for the sorry Lebanon side. It was a shocking loss to a team below them in FIFA Rankings.
The loss against the Maroons was their first in the last 5 competitive matches. In that period they have 3 wins and a draw too. More than 2.5 goals were scored in 3 of those 5 matches played across all venues.
In their second ever appearance in the Asia Cup, they may end up leaving after the group stage as they did in 2000. This match would also be a repeat of the first ever international match of Saudi Arabia when they faced Lebanon in 1957.
Meanwhile, Saudi had a flying start to the tournament with a 4-0 win over North Korea. The Falcons went through the Korean defense like cake through butter never giving their opponents any chance of a comeback. A red card for Korea just before the stroke of half time made it all easy for the team coached by Juan Antonio Pizzi.
Saudi will be favored over Lebanon to win this match because of the experience they had playing the 2018 World up in Russia. The 3-time Asian champions will be looking for another title in their 10th appearance in the competition.
Lebanon vs Saudi Arabia: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Both the competitive matches between these two sides was won by Saudi Arabia.
- More than 2.5 goals were scored in both of those matches.
- Both teams found the net in those games also.
Lebanon vs Saudi Arabia: Prediction
In 3 of the last 5 matches in all competitions Saudi played, the score had more than 2.5 goals in total. Both h2h games between Lebanon and the Green Falcons also had a similar scoreline. This trend is also followed by the Cedars in 3 of their last 5 games as well. Thus a bet can be placed on this game to end with a final score with over 2.5 goals in total with 2.32 odds.
The forwards of the Saudi team are on form after the Korea game. The team from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has scored 2 or more goals in their last 2 international games. Based on these and taking into account the fact that the opponents have conceded 2 goals in their last match, we can predict the Pizzi’s team to score 2 or more goals with 3.25 odds.
Lebanon vs Saudi Arabia: Betting Tips
Over 2.5 goals @ 2.32 (4/3).
Saudi Arabia: Over 2.5 team goals @ 3.25 (9/4).