Saudi Arabia vs UAE: Match Preview and Prediction

Saudi Arabia vs UAE
Asian World Cup Qualifiers
Date: Tuesday, 11th October 2016
Kick-off at 18:45 UK
Venue: King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah.

Saudi Arabia send out a strong warning to the other teams in the group with an excellent display to hold Australia to a 2-2 draw. This send the Green Falcons top of the table alongside Australia on 7 points. Saudi have defeated Thailand and Iraq on narrow margin in their first two fixtures of the group phase.

U.A.E returned to winning way after an entertaining 3-1 win at home over Thailand. They lost to Australia by a solo goal in the first fixture and earned a lucky 2-1 win over Japan in the group opener. At 6 points, they are currently fourth in the group, with only one point separating them from league leaders.

Saudi Arabia vs UAE: Head-to-Head Stats

These two sides were grouped together in the second round of the World Cup qualifiers this year. Saudi Arabia earned a 2-1 win at home, before holding UAE to a 1-1 draw in the away leg.

In the last 10 meetings between the two, Saudi Arabia have won 8 times and drawn 1 and lost 1. They also hold a healthy goal aggregate after scoring 18 to 8 conceded.

Saudi Arabia are unbeaten in the four World Cup Qualification games against UAE, with 3 wins and 1 draw.

Saudi Arabia vs UAE: Prediction

UAE might have a poor head-to-head record against the Saudis, but they are a much improved side at the moment. To be honest, it is hard to separate these two sides on form as they have produced some exciting results in the qualifying tournament. As a result this could be a fiercely fought battle with both teams going for the full three points. Saudi’s strong home record suggest that they can be backed on a double chance for this fixture. However, this is expected to be a high scoring game.

Saudi Arabia vs UAE: Betting Tips

  • Over 2.5 goals at 2.25
  • Both Teams to Score at 1.95
  • Double Chance – Saudi/Draw at 1.36.

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