Uzbekistan vs China
Asian World Cup Qualifiers
Date: Tuesday, 11th October 2016
Kick-off at 14:00 UK
Venue: Stadion Bunyodkor, Tashkent.
Uzbekistan were top of the Group A before their 1-0 narrow defeat at home to Iran. They started the campaign with back-to-back wins over Syria and Qatar in September. With 6 points from three matches, they are currently dropped down to third in the standings. But there is only point that separates them from joint leaders Iran and South Korea.
While China are losing ground in the battle for a spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russia after suffering their second defeat in three games in Group A. The Dragons lost in a high scoring thriller against South Korea on the opening matchday and were held to a goal-less draw by Iran in the second fixture. However they were expected to win without trouble in the third match against Syria at home. But disappointed everyone after succumbing to a narrow 1-0 loss.
China are currently 5th in the league table with 1 point, while Uzbekistan are third on the back to consecutive wins in their opening two fixtures. While Iran and South Korea jointly hold the top two positions with 7 points in the Group A.
Uzbekistan vs China: Head-to-Head Stats
China earned a 2-1 victory when they faced Uzbekistan in the 2015 Asia Cup held in Australia, which was the last meeting between these two sides.
The teams share 4 wins each from their last 10 meetings in all competitions and venues. While Chile had a slight edge in recent times after winning 2 of the last 4 meetings against Uzbekistan, while they lost 1 and drawn 1.
Their only meeting in a World Cup qualifier was for the 2002 Edition. Both teams earned a win in their respective home fixture with a clean sheet.
Uzbekistan vs China: Prediction
China are coming under tremendous pressure and their home fans and media were pretty vocal in expressing their criticism following the 1-0 home loss against Syria. Along with their overall poor run of results, the recent away form is also over the radar. They are without a win in the last three away games, one of which is a 0-0 draw against a lowly ranked Hong Kong. While two defeats came against South Korea on the opening fixture of Group A before a 1-0 loss to Qatar in the group phase of round 2.
Uzbekistan are a well-disciplined side and have won in 8 of their last 10 matches in all competitions. They defense is pretty strong and conceded just 4 goals from those 10 outings. Their loss to Iran last week was their first defeat at home in 9 matches, with all of the previous 8 being wins. The stats is in Uzbek’s favour and they could pile further misery on the Dragon with a win on Tuesday’s clash.
Uzbekistan vs China: Betting Tips
Uzbekistan to win at 1.95
Over 2.5 goals at 2.50.