Uzbekistan vs Oman
AFC Asian Cup
Date: Wednesday, 9 January 2019
Kick-Off at 13:30 UK/ 14:30 CET
Venue: Al-Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
Uzbekistan have come oh-so-close to secure the 4th Round in World Cup Qualifiers in late 2017 but have fallen short despite a solid finish and we’ve seen them struggling to impress since then. They open the Asian Cup against Oman looking to turn the new page with the new year, after seeing their three-game unbeaten streak ended by Korea Republic in November.
White Wolves have beaten Korea DPR, Qatar and held Lebanon to a goalless draw in three outings beforehand and Hector Cuper obviously enjoys such an approach to his fixture, although we’ve seen his men all over the place in a thrashing 0-4 loss to Taegeuk Warriors.
They will now want to do damage and the clash against Oman comes as a good test to what they will be able to do in United Arab Emirates, as the rivals boasted very solid records through most part of 2018 and only saw the unbeaten records ended by Australia (5-0) and Thailand (2-0) in late December and early January.
Uzbekistan vs Oman: Head-to-head
Oman have beaten the rivals in all of their last three head-to-head matchups.
Uzbekistan have last beaten Oman in September 2001, bagging a 5-0 win in front of the home crowd.
We have seen just two goals in the sides’ last two clashes, which does promise another narrow occasion on the day.
Uzbekistan vs Oman: Prediction
We will now back Uzbekistan to secure the important points and we’ll go for them to win at 2.05! They have been a tougher side even against stronger opposition and we now expect them very motivated to impress early on in Group F – looking to boost their top 2 challenge.
We don’t expect an easy task and we don’t feel we’re in for many goals on the day either. Hector Cuper enjoys a tough defensive setup and with that in mind, we feel just one goal could put this one out of reach as we stick our necks out for Under 1.5 goals FT at an eye-catching 2.43 odd.
Uzbekistan vs Oman: Bet Tips
Uzbekistan to win @ 2.05 (12/11)
Under 1.5 goals FT @ 2.43 (10/7).