Asian Cup 2019: Friday fixtures, schedule, odds, predictions as China meet Philippines, Palestine face Australia and South Korea play Kyrgyzstan
- Marcello Lippi’s men should make light work of Philippines
- Regional heavyweights South Korea play last game before Son joins up with squad
Another big day of football at the AFC Asian Cup with the first Friday of the tournament meaning that crowds should increase in the UAE as fans enjoy a day off.
They will be sure to cheer on Palestine when they take on holders Australia in Dubai in the early kick off. The Socceroos lost to surprise package Jordan in their opening game and Graham Arnold’s side can ill afford another slip up.
Palestine took a point from Syria and played the last 20 minutes of that tie with 10 men so they could frustrate the 2015 winners.
A win is against the odds – Palestine are $15 to win – but a draw is $5.75. That’s still nowhere near the heavily favoured Australians at $1.26 to win.
The action from the Rashid Stadium starts at 7pm and is live on Fox Sports (channel 670).
Next it is Sven-Goran Eriksson’s mighty Philippines against Marcello Lippi’s China in a game that seems straight out of the 2006 World Cup, at least on the bench.
The Philippines were unlucky not to take something from their spirited performance against South Korea when a 1-0 loss did not reflect the game. China will be an easier proposition than the tournament favourites but the Azkals are still the underdogs.
China are $1.6 to win compared to the Philippines at $6.5. A draw is $3.85. China needed a helping hand to come back against Kyrgyzstan and another first half like their opening game could see a shock.
Fox Sports (channel 670) will show the game from the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium starting at 9.30pm.
Finally, South Korea will hope to be more convincing than their tournament bow when they take on Kyrgyzstan in Al Ain for the late kick-off.
It took a Hwang Ui-jo strike to separate the favourites from the Philippine debutants in game one and the struggles of the South Koreans had many pundits questioning whether they can go all the way.
This is their last game before Tottenham superstar Son Heung-min joins the side and it could be that they are already qualified for the last-16 by the time he arrives. That would be a relief but no guarantee given how Kyrgyzstan started against China.
A win for the central Asians is priced at $19 while South Korea are $1.18. Even the draw is at $7.3.
Fox Sports (channel 670) is the place to see if there is an upset at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium.