Asian Cup 2019: Thursday odds, fixtures, schedule, predictions as Jordan and India look toward round of 16 in UAE
- Sunil Chhetri has opportunity to extend goal lead over Lionel Messi with game against hosts
- Thailand look to move on from humbling by India with win over Bahrain
Thursday sees the second round of AFC Asian Cup group games kick off and a chance for teams to stake their claim on a place in the round of 16.
Bahrain and Thailand, who play in the opening match this evening, will be looking for the three points.
In their first match, Thailand were humbled by India in a shock 4-1 loss that led to the sacking of manager Milovan Rajevac.
That was not in the script for the Southeast Asian side and they will need to bounce back if they are to qualify.
— Goal India (@Goal_India) 6 January 2019
Bahrain can count themselves unlucky not to have beaten the UAE in the tournament’s opening game and have been left to rue a marginal penalty call that saved the hosts’ blushes.
Despite the drama, the Thais are favourites ($4) with Bahrain underdogs at $2. A draw is $3.38.
The action from Dubai’s Al Maktoum Stadium is live from 7pm (Hong Kong time) on Fox Sports (Now TV channel 670).
Jordan delivered the first shock of the tournament when they beat holders Australia 1-0 and they can book their passage to the knockouts with a win over Syria.
The Syrians are favourites for this encounter though, priced at $2.32 for victory compared to Jordan’s $3.8 with honours even at $3.
Syria failed to break down Palestine in their opener and the Palestinians played with 10 men for the last 20 minutes.
Bernd Stange’s side will need to break their scoring duck if they are to progress in the automatic qualification spots.
They get a chance to do that from 9.30pm at the Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain. The game is live on Fox Sports (Now TV channel 670).
Thursday’s final action comes from Abu Dhabi and features the hosts taking on the tournament’s surprise package so far.
India’s Blue Tigers will have their tails up after putting four past a much fancied Thailand team and the UAE are surely there for the taking.
Captain Sunil Chhetri bagged a brace to take him past Lionel Messi in the list of active international goalscorers and he can put some distance between them at the Zayed Sports City Stadium.
It has been argued India should play it safe against the hosts but victory would send a message, especially as the UAE are heavy favourites.
A UAE win is $1.35 to India’s $12, with the draw at $4.75.
Kick-off is midnight and the game can be seen on Fox Sports (Now TV channel 670).