UAE vs Bahrain
Date: Monday, 16 November 2020
Kick-off at 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET
Venue: Al Maktoum Stadium (Dubai).
It is a promising start for UAE under new coach Jorge Luis Pinto and they must do better to halt a high flying Bahrain on Monday.
The Whites are coming on the back of a thrilling 3-2 win over Tajikistan and the experienced striker Ali Mabkhout once again grabbed the headline by finding the back of the net twice.
Mabkhout is on a red hot streak, having scored 13 goals in his last 7 appearances for the national team.
This is the first win for Luis Pinto since taking over from Bert van Marwijk, the Dutchman relieved from his duties after losing twice in 4 games in the qualifier and managing just 1 win in the Gulf Cup of Nations.
On the other hand, Bahrain are on a 5 match winning streak after seeing off Lebanon on a 3-1 scoreline last Thursday.
The Reds had an excellent Gulf Cup campaign and eventually lifted their first ever title by defeating Saudi Arabia 1-0.
Yet, UAE are bookie’s favourites for this fixture, but the visitors priced at 4.00 odd will be aiming to prove them wrong.
UAE vs Bahrain Head-to-head
The last h2h meeting between UAE and Bahrain was on the matchday 1 of the Asia Cup 2019 and the teams shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw.
Bahrain will be looking for their first win against UAE in 12 years and since 2008 with 5 of the recent 6 meetings ending in defeats.
Both teams have scored in 9 of their recent 10 h2h meetings.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 10 of their last 12 meetings.
UAE vs Bahrain Prediction
There will be some fireworks at the Al Maktoum Stadium with UAE looking for revival under Jorge Luis Pinto and Bahrain aiming to end their poor run of h2h results.
Therefore, this game promises goals for the neutrals as we have seen in their previous head-to-head duels.
At the same time, betting on the result comes with a high degree of risk since UAE have some work to do with discipline and consistency in defense.
The scoring form of Ali Mabkhout is encouraging and as mentioned earlier, 13 goals from 7 appearances for the national side. He is a good option to be backed as an anytime goalscorer here if odds open up with your favourites books.
UAE vs Bahrain Betting Tips
Both teams to Score @ 1.90 odd.
Over 2.5 goals @ 2.00 odd.