Malaysia vs Vietnam
World Cup Qualifier
Date: Friday, 11 June 2021
Kick-off 17:45 UK/ 18:45 CET
Venue: Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium (Dubai).
Vietnam are in a must win situation when they meet Malaysia on Friday. And three points here will secure their ticket to the next round of World Cup qualifiers depending on results elsewhere.
No one expected Vietnam to sit on top of a group involving the mighty UAE and progress to the next round ahead of Thailand. But this is what discipline and tactical perfection does to football and they are one step away from reaching the final round of qualifiers for the first time in history.
After 6 rounds, Vietnam have 14 points, 2 more than UAE and 5 more than Thailand and Malaysia on 3th and 4th spots. They warmed up to the final round of fixture with vital win 4-0 win over Indonesia last week and winning against Malaysia here will see them as qualifying to next round even if they finish second if a defeat against UAE happen in the final group game.
Malaysia with 9 points can still spoil the party, they too need a win to concrete their quest for direct entry into Asia Cup qualifying group phase by finishing 3rd. At the same time, a win here could see them challenging for second spot, at the expense of none other than their Friday’s opposition.
Malaysia vs Vietnam Head-to-head
- Vietnam dominated this h2h fixture in recent times and won 7 out of 10 fixtures while they drew 2 and lost 1.
- And six of those wins happened with clean sheets.
- Ten of their last 13 h2h games registered under 2.5 goals.
- Both teams scored in just 4 of the previous 11.
Malaysia vs Vietnam Prediction
Vietnam are on a roll and their swift counter attacking play helped to get the better of all teams so far. Meantime, their defending has been bullet proof and conceded just once during the course of 6 matches.
Malaysia traditionally struggle against this opponent and considering their position in the table and desperation for a win are tactically fit for Vietnam’s playing style.
Therefore, Vietnam to win is my best pick for this qualifier, and the second half could produce the majority of goals.