Saudi Arabia vs North Korea
AFC Asian Cup
Date: Tuesday, 8 January 2019
Kick-Off at 16:00 UK
Venue: Maktoum Bin Rashid al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
After a rather solid four-game unbeaten streak, North Korea have seen it ended by Bahrain in their last outing in 2018, which ended in a thrashing 4-0 loss at Madinat ‘Isa Stadium. They now open their Asian Cup campaign against Saudi Arabia in hope they can bounce back quickly, in search of important points at Maktoum Bin Rashid al Maktoum Stadium.
Saudi Arabia have struggled to turn clashes their way too but still retained their unbeaten streak towards the competition, as they held Iraq, Jordan, and South Korea to draws as well as beat Yemen 1-0 along the way.
Green Falcons have struggled for consistency on the road and failed to bag a win on the road in a long time, but Pizzi will hope his men will feel more at home in Dubai than North Korea – as they come as heavy favourites to secure the points. Saudi Arabia have shown they can play against top sides lately and we should now see them very motivated to make it count in the United Arab Emirates.
Saudi Arabia vs North Korea: Head-to-head
The sides are even-steven in overall head-to-head records, with one win each in four matchups.
We’ve seen Saudi Arabia bag a thriller 1-4 win in the sides’ last clash in January 2015.
This was only their first matchup to end with three or more goals.
Saudi Arabia vs North Korea: Prediction
We will back Saudi Arabia to secure the points and going for the win surely feels like buying money for old rope. We have seen them as a very tough side to outclass recently and this does add to a feeling, they should be able to justify the role of heavy favourites.
We have seen the Green Falcons base their success on a tough defensive setup and we expect nothing different on the day, as we also back a low-scoring clash with Under 2.5 goals. We’ve seen more than two goals in just one of both sides’ respective last four outings and this does give a promise of such a contest too.
Saudi Arabia vs North Korea: Bet Tips
Saudi Arabia to win @ 7/11 (1.65)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 4/7 (1.57).