North Korea vs Qatar
AFC Asian Cup.
Date: Sunday, 13th January 2019.
Kick-Off at 11:00 UK/ 12:00 CET
Venue: Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium (Al Ain).
The team from the Democratic Republic of Korea needs a win badly as they lost their group opener against Saudi Arabia in a poor fashion. They will face Qatar on Sunday hoping for some luck in doing so.
In their 5th appearance in Asia’s biggest international footballing spectacle, they will want to better the fourth place finish in 1980. The loss against the Green Falcons was their first in the last 5 competitive matches. More than 2.5 goals were scored in 3 of those 5 matches that were played across all venues.
On the contrary, Qatar has started the tournament with a 2-0 win over Lebanon. They looked good going forward and dominated ball possession 70% of the game. The Maroons were also disciplined at the back without even getting a single card in the entire match.
The group opener was their first international game in over a year, but they never look phased. From their last 4 matches, 2 were wins and one was lost as well. They never failed to score in any of those matches.
The Koreans never had recent success against Arab teams. Apart from Saudi, they lost to Bahrain in a preparation match for the same score on the way to this tournament. With Qatar lurking, I don’t think that record is likely to change.
North Korea vs Qatar: Head-to-head (h2h)
- In the 5 h2h matches between these two sides held from 1989-2003, Qatar is yet to win a match.
- North Korea has 2 wins in those 5 matches across all venues.
- Both teams found the net in 4 of those 5 matches and over 2.5 goals were scored in 3 of them as well.
North Korea vs Qatar: Prediction
The Koreans have a real problem with their forwards. They failed to score in a second straight game on the trot. Since they have never scored against Arab teams in the near future and the Maroons on form, we can bet on both teams not scoring with 1.83 odds.
Al-Annabi has been dominant against Lebanon in their last match. We can expect the same against a team lower than them in rankings. So the Qatari keeper may have a tension free evening on Sunday. Thus a bet can be placed on Qatar to win with 1.50 odds.
North Korea vs Qatar: Betting Tips
Both teams to score: No @ 1.83 (5/6).
Qatar to win @ 1.50 (1/2).