The Australian and Uzbekistan teams play on Monday, January 21, for their survival in the 2019 Asian Cup, which has its finals being headquartered in the United Arab Emirates. The game, for the round of 16, will be held at the Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium in Al Ain, starting at 12 noon (Brasília time).After a first phase that had 24 selections separated in six groups and served to eliminate eight teams, from now the games will be eliminatory. In this way, only the winner will survive the fight for the trophy. In case of equality in regulatory time, an extension of 30 minutes will be carried out. If the tie persists, the setting will take place on penalty kicks. Whoever surpasses the challenge will face the winner of the match between the United Arab Emirates and Kyrgyzstan, which is scheduled for Tuesday, January 22.
Australia entered an eighth-round road that was not what they had imagined. Considered a favorite for the title of the competition, the team got complicated when suffering an unexpected defeat to Jordan, by 1 to 0, in the first round.The team even won the next two games. Confirmed his favoritism before Palestine (3 to 0) and Syria (3 to 2). But the six points earned only second place in B, which indicated a different track and, in theory, even easier for Australians.It is not known if it was a strategy taken consciously or by force of circumstances, the fact is that the way to the semifinals is wide open since no team considered real candidate for the title is in the Australian side of the key.In that sense, the biggest enemy of the team commanded by coach Graham Arnold seems to be himself. Australia has been showing great swings even during games. Against Jordan, practically slept in the first half and much of the second. Only in the end did he start for the pressure in search of the goal of the tie. It was little.Before Palestine, he made a solid start indicating that he had evolved. But against the Syrians, he took steps back. Having doubled the lead twice, he conceded the equalizer and only managed to win thanks to Rogic’s attempt in the second-half additions when the rivals, who desperately needed the three points to survive, left their defense wide open.
Although it does not have the same technical quality of Australia, the selection of Uzbekistan shows a pattern of game much more consistent. It was thanks to this system that managed, even being inferior throughout the match, to defeat Oman, by 2 to 1. Taking advantage of the instability of the rival, knew to wait the moments to counterattack.In this scenario, the duel against Turkmenistan was off the bend. In just 45 minutes the Uzbeks scored 4-0. Then, only exchanged balls ensuring, with a round of anticipation, a place in the round of 16.In the last round of the first phase, they even rehearsed a zebra. Needing the draw to stay in the top of Group F, they took a lead against Japan. However, they did not resist the greater capacity of the rivals and yielded the turn by 2 to 1 getting exactly where it was expected.Commanded by experienced Argentine coach Hector Cuper, the team presents a falsely offensive system. When the tactical picture is shown, Uzbekistan are 4-3-3. However, the two side attackers are charged primarily to prevent the advancement of the opposing sides. Thus, for most of the match, the tactic is based on 4-5-1. However, as it turned out before Turkmenistan, the standard can be easily modified and get results with the boldest style.
Football Prediction of the Day Australia vs Uzbekistan
The Australians have won all three matches against Uzbekistan. The first two were for qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. They scored 1-0 (away) and 2-0 (home). Then they thrashed 6-0 in the 2011 Asian Cup.
It may even be that Australia’s second-place choice was designed to take an easier path towards the quarter-finals and, thus, their weak performances in the first round were nothing more than a ‘disguise’ and the impression that really should be taken in regards to the team was the standard of play against Palestine.However, in the assessment that what happened during the three confrontations of the first phase was not a staging, this opens the possibility in a more risky guess relying on the greater tactical solidity of Uzbekistan, which, on the other hand, was shown to have conditions of vary within the requirements of the game. Therefore, the Uzbekistan’s prognosis is a good option for Monday’s match in the last 16 of the 2019 Asian Cup.
Bet Tips: Australia wins