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AFC Asian Cup Betting 2019 – Winner Odds & Predictions

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AFC Asian Cup 2019 Preview There is some international tournament football betting action to look in early January. The new calendar year starts with a bang out in the east as the 2019 AFC Asian Cup starts on January 5th. The Tournament runs through to the conclusion on February 1st, so it’s a big event. It is bigger than ever actually as it has been expanded to 24 teams for the first time. The United Arab Emirates will be playing hosts for the second time and this is the 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup. The AFC Asian Cup is held every four years. It is the Blue Samurai of Japan who are the outright favourites at 9/2 odds* (betting odds taken from January 2nd, 2019 at 1:59 pm)

AFC Asian Cup 2019 Odds*

Japan 9/2 South Korea 4/1 Iran 4/1 Australia 6/1 Saudi Arabia 10/1 United Arab Emirates 12/1 Iraq 14/1 Uzbekistan 25/1 Qatar 40/1 China 40/1 50/1 bar * (betting odds taken from January 2nd, 2019 at 1:59 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] [toc heading_levels="2"]

AFC Asian Cup Preview 2019

The reigning champions are Australia who are 6/1 odds to return to the title* (betting odds taken from January 2nd, 2019 at 1:59 pm). That was the first title at the tournament for the Socceroos. Leading the way as the favourites are Japan. They have won the tournament on more occasions than any other nation, with four successes under their belt. Their most recent won was in 2011. Behind them, it is Saudi Arabia and Iran who have both won it three times each. South Korea are the only other nation to have won the tournament on more than one occasion

Qualification for the Knockout Phase

The top two in each group automatically get a berth in the first knockout stage. Extra time and a penalty shootout will be used to determine winners there if they are needed. Also for the first time, teams get to use a fourth sub if the game does go to extra time. VAR will be in full use for the tournament as well. Joining the two automatic qualifiers from each group in the knockout stage will be the four best Third Place Finishers from the six groups.

Recent winners

1996 - Saudi Arabia 2000 - Japan 2004 - Japan 2007 - Iraq 2011 - Japan 2015 Australia

Group A

United Arab Emirates, Thailand, India, Bahrain There are naturally going to be strong group-winner contenders in each of these groups with the seeded teams all being kept apart. The UAE are strong 1/6 odds-on favourites* (betting odds taken from January 2nd, 2019 at 1:59 pm) to get the win in this one as it’s expected to be a stroll in the park for them. However, they were upset in their 2018 World Cup qualification group, finishing fourth of sixth and missing out on the finals. But frankly, there is little to oppose them here. India may be worth a little flutter to follow them through. They are the highest-ranked team of the other three contenders.

Group B

Australia, Syria, Palestine, Jordan There is going to be clear favouritism towards Australia and Syria in this group. Australia are the reigning champions and have the experience and resources to contend well at the event again. It would be a major upset if the Socceroos didn’t top the group as they are the 1/6 odds-on favourites* (betting odds taken from January 2nd, 2019 at 1:59 pm). They did only scrape into the World Cup 2018 via a dramatic play-off against Syria though after finishing third behind Japan and Saudi Arabia in their qualification group. They will reunite with Syria who had that brilliant and unexpected run during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. They should join Australia in the next round.

Group C

South Korea, China, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines This may be one of the more closely-ran groups, but only between the two top. South Korea and China are only separated by twelve places in the current FIFA World Rankings but it is the former who are the more accomplished of the two. South Korea took automatic qualification for the 2018 World Cup from their group, while China missed out finishing second-from-bottom in that same group. They were only three points behind South Korea though in the final standings, so it was pretty fine margins there. So this should be competitive and they will meet in the final round of group stage matches for what will probably be the fight for top spot. This is the first time that Kyrgyzstan and the Philippines have qualified for the Finals.

Group D

Iran, Iraq, Vietnam, Yemen Going based on the current FIFA World Rankings then Iran are the top side in the tournament. They are ranked at 36th in the world and the nearest to them in their group is Iraq who are 88th. Iran are one easily one of the stronger teams in the tournament and worth a look in the outright market where they are at 4/1 odds* (betting odds taken from January 2nd, 2019 at 1:59 pm). They are the ones who are the odds-on favourites to win their group. It should basically be a straight result of a 1-2 between them and Iraq in this one. Vietnam have qualified for the first time as a unified nation. It is the same for Yemen.

Group E

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, North Korea Saudi Arabia were straight qualifiers from the AFC for the 2018 World Cup and are the clear front-runners in Group E at the Asian Cup. This looks as if it will be a routine campaign for them really and this is just about as favourable of a draw as they could have gotten. Qatar, who came from Pot 2 of the draw finished bottom of their World Cup 2018 qualification group with only seven points from ten games. It’s hard to see anyone raising any kind of threat to Saudi Arabia in this group. It may be well worth look at Lebanon to follow Saudi Arabia through from the group just as long-shot.

Group F

Japan, Uzbekistan, Oman, Turkmenistan The obvious choice here for the group win is Japan who are the 9/2 tournament favourites* (betting odds taken from January 2nd, 2019 at 1:59 pm). Looking at the set up for the expanded edition it is difficult to really see any upsets happening in this group stage round. This is just going to be a scrap for who can join them in the next round from this group. With Turkmenistan being the lowest-ranked of all the teams in the tournament, there may be a decent contest between the other two who are only separated by one place in the FIFA World Rankings.


Saudi Arabia v Egypt Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Saudi Arabia v Egypt- World Cup 2018
Saudi Arabia or Egypt Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 25th June - 3.00 p.m Both of these have already seen their qualification hopes from Group A pass them by. It hasn’t been particularly good stuff from either of them and now they have to square off in his final round of group stage matches with nothing riding on the game at all other than avoiding the wooden spoon. It makes Saudi Arabia v Egypt predictions hard to focus on because there is not likely to be too much to choose between them.

Saudi Arabia News and Form

So Saudi Arabia and Egypt have nothing to play for here other than seeing who finishes third and fourth in Group A at Russia 2018. Saudi Arabia really could not have gotten off to a worse start as they were hammered 5-0 by host nation Russia in the tournament’s opening game. They were just all over the place at the back in that game, but to their credit, they did fixture to some degree as they only suffered a 1-0 defeat against Uruguay in a second fixture. Still, it was a long way short of what they needed though and they are not looking a major threat going forward. There is not likely to be too many goals flying around in this fixture and our leading Saudi Arabia v Egypt prediction is Under 1.5 goals is at 1/3 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 22nd, 2018 at 9:32 p.m.). Saudi Arabia, one of the big rank outsiders at the tournament were never expected to get out of this group stage but they would have hoped to have been little more competitive. They go into this fixture winless in their last 11 World Cup games now. Their current form sees them on a five-match losing streak, scoring in just one of their last four. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Egypt News and Form

What may well keep this fixture even is the fact that Egypt are out of form as well, suffering defeats in four of their last six games. They opened their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 defeat against Uruguay and they really missed the boat there in not hanging on for a draw. Next up was a 3-1 loss against Russia and even though Egypt did have some chances in that game, their star player Mo Salah was clearly not fully fit and not running freely in the game. It looked for large periods that Egypt were carrying him. They may have been better off without him. Really ahead of the tournament there were some considerations be made about whether or not Egypt’s could throw down a challenge to Russia in the hunt for a qualification spot from this group. That hasn’t even been close to happening and they just can’t blame it all on the Mo Salah injury. That is an eight-match winless streak that the Pharaohs have now put together and even against a pretty weak Saudi Arabia side, you have to wonder whether or not they could raise a game enough to get a victory. A 0-0 result is our top Saudi Arabia v Egypt prediction which is at a price of 8/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 22nd, 2018 at 9:32 p.m.).

Saudi Arabia v Egypt Head to Head

Saudi Arabia and Egypt have met three times before, with the Saudi’s winning the first-ever meeting which was a Confederations Cup clash, but Egypt have won the last two both of which were friendly internationals. Saudi-Arabia v Egypt World Cup 2018 Infographic

Saudi Arabia v Egypt Betting Odds*

Egypt 17/20 Draw 13/5 Saudi Arabia 15/4 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 22nd, 2018 at 9:32 p.m.)

Saudi Arabia v Egypt Predictions

We are just going to settle on the draw being produced in this one because it is so hard to split them up. Saudi Arabia are well out of form and they are struggling in front of goal. Egypt frankly aren’t doing a whole lot better and for our Saudi Arabia v Egypt prediction, we can’t see past the 0-0 draw.  

Uruguay v Saudi Arabia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Uruguay v Saudi Arabia- World Cup 2018
Uruguay v Saudi Arabia Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 20th June - 4.00 p.m (Full time: 1:0 - goals: Suarez 23') Uruguay bagged a nervy three points from their opening group fixture against Egypt and now they will driving towards the round of sixteen by collecting another three in this one. They should have an easy time of things here after seeing Saudi Arabia fall to a heavy defeat in their opening loss against Russia. This should be a good chance for Uruguay to get their front line going.

Uruguay News and Form

Uruguay collected a 1-0 win over Egypt in their World Cup opener but it wasn’t a game in which the South Americans impressed. In fact, they looked really stuck in first gear for most of the game other than the odd flash of enterprise here and there. Luis Suarez, in particular, looked as if he was elsewhere on the day, not bringing his usual quality play to the table up front. But Suarez is at 1/2 odds at bet365* (Betting Odds were taken on June 18th, 2018 at 4:06 p.m.) in the anytime goalscorer market and he should find plenty of space against the Saudi Arabia defence. Uruguay have a good defence and it is likely to get an easy afternoon in this one, really only having to watch for the odd break against them. In our Uruguay v Saudi Arabia predictions we see the value at 4/7 odds on Uruguay to win to nil* (Betting Odds were taken on June 18th, 2018 at 4:06 p.m.). The South Americans are on a four-match winning streak at the moment and have lost just one of their last ten games played. Maybe it was all down to nerves in their opener and not wanting to lose opposed to being bold enough to push on. They should be more settled and they should be able to express themselves better in this one. A Uruguay 2-0 option in the bet365 correct score market is at 5/1 odds but we are going to push things a little further for our betting tips and look at the 3-0 option for 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on June 18th, 2018 at 4:06 p.m.). Frankly the way to look at this is that if Russia can put five past Saudi Arabia, there is no reason why Uruguay can’t get at least three goals. A six-point haul from their opening two games would see Uruguay secure a place in the next round with a game to spare. It would just be about them trying to win the group then in the final round of matches when they take on Russia. This is, by a clear mile, their easiest game in Group A and an upset doesn’t look likely. [button bookmaker="bet365"]

Saudi Arabia News and Form

You will rarely see a side as poor as Saudi Arabia at the World Cup. Against Russia they were just poor and that was against only an average side at best, as the 2018 World Cup hosts aren’t a great side by any stretch. So for Saudi Arabia to get hammered 5-0 because their defence was a total shambles, it doesn’t give them much hope for this one. It is fair to say that their defence will be facing higher quality opposition in Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez so there should be further big troubles ahead for them. Saudi Arabia have come up with just the one goal in their last seven World Cup matches now so they aren’t likely to threaten at all in this one. Their current form reads four straight defeats, with them having conceded at least two goals in each of those. We still like the look of over 2.5 goals at bet365 for the game at 3/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on June 18th, 2018 at 4:06 p.m.) as Uruguay should be able to take a very weak side to the cleaners.

Uruguay v Saudi Arabia Head to Head

This will be the third game between them and actually Uruguay are looking for their first win over Saudi Arabia. They lost their first ever meeting and then could only manage a 1-1 draw in their most recent meeting which was a 2014 friendly.

Uruguay v Saudi Arabia Betting Odds*

Uruguay 1/6 Draw 15/2 Saudi Arabia 20/1 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 18th, 2018 at 4:06 p.m.)

Uruguay v Saudi Arabia Predictions

A straightforward game this should be for Uruguay as Saudi Arabia looked extremely poor on their opener. Uruguay didn’t get any fluency into their game against Egypt but should be far more settled here and a Uruguay/Uruguay half time/ full-time bet heads up our Uruguay v Saudi Arabia predictions.    

Who will be best Asian team at the World Cup 2018?

World Cup 2018 Betting
Japan are the market leaders when it comes to Best Asian Team ahead of the 2018 World Cup Five teams qualified for the 2018 World Cup from the AFC section, with Australia forming part of the Asian Football Confederation in recent years.  

Japan the best of the AFC?

The Socceroos are joined by Japan, South Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia, with the Asian teams not expected to make a big impact on the tournament although one or two have a chance of reaching the knockout stage. Japan are the 7/4 favourites with BetVictor to be the best Asian team in Russia, with the Samurai Blue thrust into an open Group H that also includes Poland, Colombia and Senegal. However, Akira Nishino’s team might have their work cut out against quality opposition, with Japan having played thirteen World Cup matches aside from the 2002 tournament (where they had home advantage) and they won just two games.

Best Asian Team odds*

Japan 7/4 South Korea 10/3 Australia 10/3 Iran 10/3 Saudi Arabia 9/1 * (betting odds taken on June 13th, 2018 at 4:33 a.m.)

Iran with a lively chance

Therefore, we could look elsewhere and Iran strike us as having a lively chance in Group B despite being drawn in the same section as Spain and Portugal. Carlos Queiroz’s side will go up against Morocco in their 2018 World Cup opener and a crucial win in Saint Petersburg could see Iran looking to squeeze out a point against Spain before a potential crunch clash against the Portuguese. On first glance, Portugal look difficult to oppose after winning their World Cup qualifying group with nine wins and coming into them after winning the 2016 European Championship. However, they are over-reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo and the Real Madrid superstar is sure to be marked heavily. Iran are a 10/3 chance* (betting odds taken on June 13th, 2018 at 4:33 a.m.) to claim the top Asian team prize and they look to have the best chance of all.

Saudi Arabia

We are happy to draw a line through Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that they were the only Asian side to score in all ten matches during the final round of qualifying. The Saudis have also been given a fairly favourable group although hosts Russia are an unpredictable lot and Uruguay possess the class to go very deep in this tournament, while Egypt will pitch up with leading Premier League star Mohamed Salah.

Socceroos to struggle?

Australia look a touch short at odds of 10/3 wtih BetVictor* (betting odds taken on June 13th, 2018 at 4:33 a.m.) and the Socceroos are now managed by the experienced Bert van Marwijk, with the Dutchman having taken the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup and he’s since had a spell with Saudi Arabia. The Aussies are in the same group as France, Denmark and Peru, with a tricky opener against Les Bleus likely to put the men in yellow on the back foot.

World Cup 2018 outright winner odds*

Brazil 4/1 Germany 5/1 Spain 6/1 France 6/1 Argentina 9/1 Belgium 10/1 England 16/1 Portugal 25/1 Uruguay 25/1 Croatia 33/1 Columbia 40/1 Russia 40/1 Poland 66/1 Denmark 100/1 Mexico 100/1 Switzerland 125/1 Sweden 150/1 Peru 150/1 Bar 200/1 * (Betting Odds taken from BetVictor on June 13th, 2018 at 4.18 a.m.)

The Taeguk Warriors

Finally, we have a South Korea team who are in the same group as a German side expected to win Group F at a canter, while Sweden and Mexico could be decent opponents for the Taeguk Warriors. However, we are sticking with Iran to potentially emerge through Group B thanks to the sort of stubborn defensiveness that could see them go through in second behind Spain.  

Russia v Saudi Arabia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Russia v Saudi Arabia - World Cup 2018
Russia v Saudi Arabia Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 14th June - 4.00 p.m (Full time: 5:0 – goals: Gazinsky 12´, Cheryshev 43´, 90´+, Dzyuba 71´, Golovin 90´+) It is a big year for Russia as the country is hosting the World Cup for the first time in its history. However, with their national side on a dismal run of form, actually their longest winless streak in their history, then confidence in the host nation isn’t abound. Can Saudi Arabia, who are one of the tournament's rank outsiders, turn up and produce an upset in the 2018 World Cup opener? Russia are now the lowest ranked nation at this summer's tournament.

Russia News and Form

It will be interesting to see how Russia handle themselves in this opener. The eyes of the world will all be on them as hosts of the 2018 World Cup but this is a banana skin of a fixture for them. That is because of their lack of form going into the tournament as they are currently running on a seven-match winless streak since their last victory which was a 4-2 success over South Korea back in October 2017. They hosted the Confederations Cup last summer and their only success in the tournament was a win over New Zealand. During this current winless streak of form though they have gone up against some tough opposition in the form of Argentina, Spain, Brazil and France who, along with Germany, make up the big five at the 2018 World Cup. Russia v Saudia Arabia - World Cup 2018 Infographic In their final preparation matches though Russia could only manage a 1-0 loss against Austria and then a 1-1 draw with Turkey. Going back to the victory over New Zealand last summer Russia acheived, that was the last clean sheet for them, not having managed one in any of their 10 games since. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 bet365 is at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds taken from June 10th, 2018 at 8:55 p.m.). They do look a bit of non-threat and don't appear to have a real clear idea of tactics or direction so they could well come under some pressure in this one. Russia have scored in just three of their last six fixtures but a Russia 1-0 result in the bet365 correct score market is at 15/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken from June 10th, 2018 at 8:55 p.m.).

Saudi Arabia News and Form

Saudi Arabia really have nothing to fear going into this one and while they are underdogs they could well play themselves into contention of getting something out of it. A Saudi Arabia double chance is at 2/1 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds taken from June 10th, 2018 at 8:55 p.m.). It may be an appealing option for punters because of how mediocre Russia look. It is not as if Saudi Arabia are in great form having lost their last three games but in that sequence, there were 2-1 losses against Italy and Germany and they did earn back-to-back wins in May against Algeria and Greece. Saudi Arabia have scored in all but one of their last five games both teams to score at bet365 is at 11/8 odds* (Betting Odds taken from June 10th, 2018 at 8:55 p.m.). Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Al-Sahlawi ended up as the joint top goalscorer in all of the World Cup 2018 qualifiers (right up there alongside Robert Lewandowski) and so he is probably their best option for goals and worth considering in the anytime goalscorer market. This is the first World Cup appearance since 2006 and they are in a position of having nothing to lose and therefore make a big impact in unsettling the hosts. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Russia v Saudi Arabia Head to Head

This fixture on Thursday will be the first ever competitive fixture between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Russia v Saudi Arabia Betting Odds*

Russia 2/5 Draw 16/5 Saudi Arabia 17/2 * (Betting Odds taken from bet365 on June 11th, 2018 at 1.18 a.m.)

Russia v Saudi Arabia Predictions

This could be a bit of an uncomfortable game for host nation Russia because of how poor their form has been. The Russians may well be made to toil in this one by their opponents and given the recent results against Italy and Germany that Saudi Arabia have produced, it may be worth backing the draw in the match outright.