Qatar vs Uzbekistan
Asia – 2018 World Cup Qualifier
Date: Tuesday; 6 September 2016
Kick-off: 17:00 UK
Venue: Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha.
Qatar suffered an unfortunate loss to Iran away from home in their opening third round fixture for World Cup Qualification. It all looked like the teams were about to come out with a 0-0 draw, but two quick goals in the dying seconds handed Iran all three points.
While Uzbekistan had to work hard in their opening match against Syria. As we predicted the match saw few chances and Uzbekistan got out of the jail with a help of a 73rd minute strike from Aleksandr Geynrikh.
The Group B is the toughest of two Asian groups in the third round of 2014 World Cup qualifiers. The likes of Australia and Japan are favourites to win the group, while Saudi Arabia and Thailand are capable of earning surprise results. So this is all important fixture for both Qatar and Uzbekistan in order to stay in the fight for a top two finish.
Qatar vs Uzbekistan: Head-to-Head
Uzbekistan have won in four of the last meetings against Qatar and hold a massive goal aggregate of 11 to 4. The latest meeting end in a Qatari win by 3-0 margin in an international friendly on October 2014.
Two from the last five meetings were the 2014 World Cup qualification fixtures, in which Uzbekistan won both legs; 1-0 at Qatar and 5-1 at home.
Qatar’s overall home record against Uzbekistan from last 7 matches is 3 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses.
Qatar vs Uzbekistan: Prediction
Qatar were unlucky to loss against Iran in their opening qualifying fixture. But playing at home is an added advantage as they recent form is not that bad. They have won in 9 of the last 10 matches played at their home soil, losing once. They will be high on confidence for their second fixture in the Asian World Cup qualifying third round.
Uzbekistan don’t do well against stronger teams while playing away from home, but they manage well against teams of Qatar’s status. Also they were victorious against the likes of Philippines, Yemen and Bahrain in the last three away trips in Asia. Each of those sides are pretty similar to Qatar and Uzbekistan will go into this match as slight favourites. However, they should be wary about Qatar’s recent form and the best option for this fixture is to back the away side on a double chance to draw or win.
Qatar vs Uzbekistan: Betting Tips
Double Chance – Draw/Uzbekistan at 8/11 (1.73)
Under 2.5 goals at 4/7 (1.57).