Syria vs Palestine
Asian Cup 2019
Date: Sunday, 6 January 2019
Kick-Off at 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: Al Nahyan Stadium (Abu Dhabi).
Syria is the better team on paper, but Palestine are an improved side and could cause some trouble here.
After an impressive World Cup qualifying campaign in 2017, Syria football blew hot and cold in calendar year 2018. The team that boast of a rock solid defense which put team like Australia, Iran and South Korea back then is now a shadow of they used to be.
Only 3 wins came from 10 matches since their dramatic exit from World Cup qualifiers to Australia. And most of these results highlight their inability to find the back of the net on consistent basis.
The new head-coach of Syria, Bernd Stange’s first mission will be to fire the team into knockout stage, a feat this team failed to achieve in each of their 5 appearances at the competition.
Palestine on the other hand are coming on the back of a decent run in 2018. The did suffer narrow defeats in the most recent 2 friendlies to Iraq and Kyrgyzstan, but this happened after an unbeaten run of 8 matches that saw them holding Iran and China to stalemates.
Syria vs Palestine Head-to-head
There has been three overall meetings between these two and the teams share a win and draw.
Their last meeting dates back to 2012 when two quick goals gave Palestine a 2-1 win.
Syria vs Palestine Prediction
Palestine’s only previous appearance at Asia Cup saw them crashing out of the group without registering a win. This was in 2015 when they were grouped alongside strong teams like Japan, Iraq and Jordan.
The road to knockouts is once again tough for this inexperienced side. Furthermore, they are once again in a tough group alongside Australia and Jordan.
Syria are an experienced side and they have the better chance to knick three points if they can polish the scoring boots. However, it will be worth to note that Palestine have scored in 8 of their last 10 matches in all competitions and this won’t be a cake walk for Bernd Stange’s men.
Syria vs Palestine Betting Tips
FT – Syria to win @ 7/10 (1.70)
Both teams to Score @ 11/8 (2.38)
Correct Score: 2-1 Syria @ 8/1 (9.00).