Asian Cup 2019: Saturday’s schedule, fixtures, odds, predictions
- Vietnam look to pull off a shock against tournament favourites Iran
- Iraq and Saudi Arabia aiming to book their place in the last 16
Saturday’s AFC Asian Cup games could see three teams make the knockout stages with a second win but nothing is certain in a tournament that has thrown up plenty of shocks.
Vietnam will be hoping to spring one of their own on an Iran side considered to be the front runners to lift the trophy.
The Southeast Asians lost 3-2 to Iraq in their opener and getting a result against the best team on the continent is an even more difficult task.
Vietnam are $17 for the win with Iran at just $1.21 and a draw at $6.5.
Iran beat Yemen 5-0 in their opener but it could easily have been more and the worry for Vietnam is that Carlos Queiroz’s side are only just getting started as they look for a third Asian title.
The potential goalfest from Abu Dhabi’s Al Nahyan Stadium kicks off at 7pm (Hong Kong time) and is live on Fox Sports (Now TV channel 670).
The 2007 winners Iraq look for a place in the round of 16 with victory over Yemen in Saturday’s second kick off. The teams meet in Sharjah and the Iraqis are the favourites. An Iraq win is $1.29 compared to Yemen at $13 and the draw at $5.7.
You can see if the bookmakers have it right from 9.30pm on Fox Sports (channel 670).
Finally, Saudi Arabia can book their passage to the round of 16 and begin to dream of a fourth Asian Cup crown with a win over Lebanon in Dubai.
The Al Maktoum Stadium has not seen more than one goal in a game so far but it would be a shock if that was the case on Saturday night.
Saudi Arabia were not at their fluid best in their opening game but still won 4-0 and the feeling is that there must be more to come from Juan Antonio Pizzi’s team.
The Spaniard’s side is $1.46 for the win with Lebanon at $9.5 and the draw at $4.15.
Lebanon lost their opener 2-0 to Qatar but a result would get them some way toward qualifying as one of the four best third-place teams.
The game is live from midnight on Fox Sports (channel 670).