Oman vs Bahrain
Date: Monday, 19 November 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Sultan Qaboos Sport Complex (Muscat).
Oman and Bahrain will test each other in their final action in 2018 on Monday afternoon at Sultan Qaboos Sport Complex in Muscat. On paper, it’s only a low-profile friendly, but it is in reality expected to be a heavily contested affair with both teams looking to gain the momentum ahead of the upcoming Asian Cup in January 2019.
The hosts head into this unbeaten in last nine matches in all competitions. The streak dates back to December 2017 when the Reds lost their group stage match at Gulf Cup of Nations against UAE. They went on to win the competition beating UAE in the final after a penalty shoot-out as the regular time ended in a goalless draw.
Pim Verbeek’s men topped their respective Asian Cup Qualification group together with Palestine after winning five of six games (the opposition also included the likes of Maldives and Bhutan though). They continued to be very tough to break down in recent friendlies as the team shipped just one goal in past four tests against Lebanon, Jordan, Philippines and Ecuador.
Oman vs Bahrain: Head-to-head
The draw was by far the most common of outcomes in the history of head to head matches between these two sides.
It happened on 7 occasions in 14 games. Bahrain snatched only two wins in the process.
Only one of 14 H2H affairs saw three or more goals scored.
Oman vs Bahrain: Prediction
We definitely have reasons to expect the ultra-low-scoring trend to be continued here given both outfits generally used a defensive-minded approach in their recent outings. Bahrain did see off Myanmar 4-1 a month ago, but Oman will no doubts be much tougher to break down on Monday.
The team led by Miroslav Soukup notched just one goal in three games before the mentioned win over Myanmar. It’s a poor record given the opposition included the likes of Philippines, China PR and Syria.
We just can’t imagine a high-scoring scenario when these two likes come across each other. The Under 2.5 goals FT is a massive banker, while you can also try with a goalless draw as the correct score prediction.
Oman vs Bahrain: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1/2 (1.50).
Under 0.5 goal in first half @ 7/4 (2.40).