Philippines vs China
AFC Asian Cup
Date: Friday, 11th January 2019
Kick-off at 13.30 UK/ 14.30 CET
Venue: Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium (Abu Dhabi).
The Team Dragon has high hopes of progressing to the next round as group champions and as things stand only South Korea seems to have the capability to mount a fair challenge. China will take this match as an opportunity to increase their goals scored and goal difference, which may come into play after the conclusion of the group stage.
Philippines tried their best to squeeze out at least a point from their much better opponents in the first game of the competition. The team employed the park-the-bus tactic which was not aesthetic at all, and it almost worked. South Korea had to work hard to break down the determined defense, and it took them more than 67 minutes to do that.
The scoreline 1-0 may project an image that the Azkals played on equal footing with the Koreans, but the reality was anything other than that. The victors had completed 782 passes with 81% ball possession in response to just 178 passes by Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men.
China was made to sweat it out to grab their victory in their opener. The match looked like the fans would get another upset that resembled Australia’s fate. Kyrgyzstan scored the first goal late into the first half leaving the Chinese fans in panic mode. But after the halftime, the Team Dragon raised their level and forced their opponents to make mistakes.
An own goal in the 50th minute, and later a second goal in the 78th minute led to a comeback by the Chinese.
Philippines vs China Head-to-head (h2h)
- China won the last h2h match convincingly with an 8-1 scoreline. All h2h matches before this friendly international took place before 2000.
- The teams have met in the AFC Asian Cup thrice before. All three times the match was won by China. The combined scoreline for those matches is 18-0 in favor of the Chinese.
- Team Dragon has scored at least two goals in their last 11 h2h matches in a row.
- The Azkals have scored just three goals in their last 12 matches against China.
Philippines vs China Prediction
The match is very much lopsided that if China were to lose or draw this game, it would become a national embarrassment for them. Marcello Lippi and his boys will know by now not to be complacent as they almost got a reality check in the last match. Kyrgyzstan almost caused an upset after scoring the first goal and threatened to win the match.
The Chinese will have no such antics anymore and will go for the throat in this game. Moreover, if they want to finish the group stage as champions, the team needs to win this game as well as put some distance in the goal difference column between themselves and the other teams.
The last match between the sides saw China scoring eight past Philippines. The rest of the h2h matches took place several years before, but still, the one thing we can notice is that China has always been traditionally strong against this opponent. In the three previous AFC matches against the Azkals, China scored 18 unanswered goals.
Expect China to score in both halves and more than 2.5 goals in the game.
Philippines vs China Betting Tips
Over 2.5 Match Goals @ 2.00 (1/1)
China to Score in Both Halves @ 2.50 (3/2).