Saudi Arabia vs Yemen
Date: Friday, 16 November 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Saudi Arabia and Yemen are set to take on each other in a friendly football match in the midst of a massive political crisis between the two sides in the Middle East. It’s been more than six months since Yemen were last in action on the pitch. Back then, they saw off Nepal 2-1 in Doha (Qatar) thanks to a brace from Abdulwasea Al-Matari.
It was a massive win for the Red Devils who qualified for the Asian Cup in January 2019 in UAE. They won two and drew four of six group matches to finish second to Philippines and earn the right to feature the biggest competition on the continent at the start of the next year.
A potential result against the World Cup contestant Saudi Arabia would be huge for the visitors and there are no doubts they will enter the game highly-motivated to get one. Yemen’s main problems are connected to the lack of the efficiency in the final third. The visitors failed to find the back of the net in four consecutive matches before the aforementioned 2-1 victory over Nepal in March.
Saudi Arabia vs Yemen: Head-to-head
Saudi Arabia completely dominated this match-up over the course of history.
They won each of nine head to head games against the Red Devils conceding just a single goal in the process.
The two sides last met each other at 2013 Gulf Cup of Nations when the Green Falcons took a 0-1 victory.
Saudi Arabia vs Yemen: Prediction
Saudi Arabia are obviously massive favourites to clinch the victory here. They have a fantastic experience (compared to the one of Yemen’s) of featuring the World cup in Russia this summer. They went on to play the likes of Brazil in a friendly last month.
The head coach Juan Antonio Pizzi well prepared his men into a 4-3-2-1 formation which held Brazil down to one goal all up until the sixth minute of the added time when Alex Sandro set the final score 0-2 to Selecao.
The gulf in quality is huge and we expect Saudi Arabia should be in full control from the get go here.
Saudi Arabia vs Yemen: Bet Tips
HT/FT Saudi Arabia/Saudi Arabia @ 1.78
Saudi Arabia to keep a clean sheet @ 1.63.