UAE vs Bahrain
Asian Cup 2019
Date: Saturday, 5 January 2019
Kick-Off at 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: Zayed Sports City Stadium (Abu Dhabi).
The 2019 edition of the Asian Cup football kick off this Saturday with host nation UAE lock horns with arch rivals Bahrain.
The UAE and Bahrain football teams are favourites to finish 1 and 2 in the Group A which also consists of Southeast Asian giants Thailand and India.
The UAE football team has been blowing hot and cold in recent months. They come to the tournament on the back of 2 wins from the last 10 in all competitions. This came after surrendering the Gulf Cup to Oman back in January 2018.
Nevertheless, the team is managed by the experienced Italian coach Alberto Zaccheroni. He will be keen to emulate the team’s performance back in 1996, the only previous occasion they hosted the tournament and went on to finish as runner-up.
Bahrain has been subtle in the run up to the continental competition. They raked up comprehensive wins in all three friendlies played in December scoring 10 goals in the process and letting none.
Overall, the team managed by Czech coach Miroslav Soukup looks in good shape, but they have a tough task at hand when going against a team they never beat across all formats since 2008. This also go with the fact that Bahrain have only managed to get past the group stage in 1 of their overall 5 previous appearances at the competition.
UAE vs Bahrain Head-to-head
The UAE football team won the last 5 h2h matches against Bahrain in all competitions.
Their latest was a friendly in 2016 which ended 2-0.
Their only meeting in Asian Cup came in 2015, the last edition held in Australia. UAE edge the tie on a 2-1 margin.
Important point to note is that 10 of their last 11 h2h fixtures saw both teams scoring at least once. And 9 of those recorded btts & over 2.5 goals.
UAE vs Bahrain Prediction
The UAE football team is going through a rough patch, but they are expected to lift their game in front of their home crowd. The recent success against their Saturday’s rivals may serve as extra morale boost.
However, Bahrain have proved that they are no pushovers with their performances in recent friendlies.
Considering the thick rivalry between the two sides, punters must expect a game where both teams looking to get the better of each other all the time.
Thus this match promises plenty of goals, especially with both teams have plenty of holes in defense and some quality attacking options upfront.
Their h2h history also indicates that this is going to be a tight clash, thus backing an outright winner is out of proportion.
UAE vs Bahrain Betting Tips
Both teams to Score @ 3/2 (2.50) odd is a potential banker.
A decent alternate is Over 0.5 goals in first half @ 4/7 (1.57).