• Join
  • Login
  • BNA Twitter
  • BNA Facebook
  • 01:08:45 AEST
  • Monday, 27 January 2020
  • Gamble Responsibly 18+
Socceroos Awer Mabil

Soccer Betting: Asian Cup Quarter Final Preview Australia vs UAE

Tagged: Soccer Betting

Can Roos bounce into semis?

Australia's Asian Cup defence is somewhat back on the rails after a very shaky start.

While they got the job done on penalties against Uzbekistan in the Round of 16, the Socceroos were far from convincing.

They will need to be at their best in what's expected to be a tough encounter against the host nation, UAE.

Graham Arnold has flagged a potential formation change, after Australia were dealt a blow following the suspension of Tom Rogic. He picked up his second yellow card of the tournament against the Uzbeks. 

Without Socceroos mainstay Aaron Mooy, who is absent through injury, Arnold will be hard-pressed to come up with a formula to get the job done.

A big boost is Matthew Leckie's return from a torn hamstring. Leckie came on as a sub against Uzbekistan, looking dangerous from the off, before netting the winning penalty in the shootout.

 

Mat Ryan was superb in front of goal. The Brighton and Hove Albion goalie will need to have another fine performance to repel the Emiratis here.

Besides these familiar Socceroo faces, Arnold has put his own stamp on the team with Chris Ikonimedes and Awer Mabil playing significant roles in attack. 

Mabil has shown glimpses of what he is capable of, highlighted by a stunning goal against Syria in the Group Stage.

 

Despite goals like this, Arnold's attack is lacking fluency.

This was evident against Uzbekistan, where the Socceroos never really looked like scoring.

Unless something changes, they will struggle to find the back of the net again. 

Especially as they come up against a team coached by Alberto Zaccheroni, who is built in the typical Italian managerial mould.

In other words, having a solid defence is his first priority.

Zaccheroni has an excellent CV as a manager, having taken Japan to Asian Cup glory in 2011, as well as having managed Serie A giants Juventus, Lazio and both Milan clubs.

However like Arnold, Zaccheroni has done it hard in his current role, winning just 29% of matches since he took charge in 2017. 

In this tournament, UAE were pushed to extra time by Kyrgyzstan in the Round of 16, where they found the winner in the 103rd minute.

Worringly for Zaccheroni, UAE conceded 2 goals in this game, making it 4 goals conceded in the tournament.

But the biggest obstacle for Zaccheroni in taking UAE all the way is that their star man Omar Abdulrahman has missed the whole Asian Cup with a knee injury.

The "Emirati Messi" has long been at the heart of UAE's attack. However, in a good sign for the home nation, they have scored at least one goal in all four games so far.

Socceroo defenders will need to be on top of their game to repel their opponents here.

 

Stats focus: key match-up

Ali Mabkhout vs Trent Sainsbury

In Omar Abdulrahman's absence, Ali Mabkhout has been UAE's main man in attack.

Mabkhout has had a direct hand in 4 of the host nation's 7 goals this tournament.

A talented striker, Mabkhout has scored almost 50 goals for his home nation, from just 73 caps. To put that into perspective, Tim Cahill had exactly 50 goals for Australia, from 108 international caps. 

Mabkhout holds the key for the Emiratis. Trent Sainsbury's main assignment will be curbing his influence. 

Of the 3 games Sainsbury has played this tournament, the Socceroos have only conceded 1 goal. In fact, with Sainsbury on the park, Australia have gone more than 280 minutes without conceding a goal.

This stat bodes well for Australia's chances of keeping another clean sheet here, especially with Mat Ryan in great form.

 

Key Betting Stat

  • UAE are undefeated in their previous 6 matches: UAE to win or draw @ $1.80

 

Asian Cup Betting Tip: Total Match Goals Under 1.5 @ $2.76

Reasoning: Australia's defence has held up of late, while they have struggled in the goals department against quality opposition.

With the home support behind them, UAE will be very hard to break down.

Share On:

Trending Racing & Sport News

Market Movers

Horse racing tips from early market movers 25 January 2020

We struck at both key venues last week, including the ultra impressive two-year-old Cellsabeel in the opener at Rosehill.....

Jan 24, 2020 12:15PM
READ MORE right-arrow

Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Tips and Best Bets 25 January 2020

Queensland racing heads to the Sunshine Coast this Saturday, where a huge ten race card is scheduled, headlined by the S.....

Jan 24, 2020 10:57AM
READ MORE right-arrow

Caulfield Arial

Caulfield Tips and best bets 25 January 2020

Caulfield plays host to a strong nine-race card this Saturday, where the rail is out 6m the entire circuit.  The trac.....

Jan 23, 2020 03:40PM
READ MORE right-arrow

True Detective

Randwick tips and best bets 25 January 2020

A drying Royal Randwick plays host to a competitive nine-race card this Saturday.  With fine weather predicted in the.....

Jan 23, 2020 11:36AM
READ MORE right-arrow

Betting Offers

Start a Punters Club

Racing & Sports Betting Topics


Tweets by @BettingNetworkA


Sports Expert Tipster Top 5

Chris Garry
Courier Mail
100 Pts $ 81.3
Wally Lewis
Channel 9
96 Pts $ 78.7
Paul Malone
Courier Mail
96 Pts $ 78.6
Peter Badel
Courier Mail
92 Pts $ 73.8
Darren Lock..
Channel 9
90 Pts $ 75.4
Full NRL Leaderboard
Eliza Sewell
Herald Sun
98 Pts $ 81.9
Tyson Goldsa..
Herald Sun
98 Pts $ 78.6
Bianca Chatf..
Herald Sun
96 Pts $ 74.7
Mick Malthou..
Herald Sun
96 Pts $ 74.2
Lauren Wood
Herald Sun
96 Pts $ 72.5
Full AFL Leaderboard

Top Horse Racing Tipsters

Hanlow2019
Punter
220% POT
LeoBar
Pro
160% POT
NODDY
Punter
160% POT
Chewman01
Punter
120% POT
trevjess
Pro
111% POT
Full Leaderboard
Greg Polson
138% POT
Gary Harley
116% POT
Terry Spargo
69% POT
Shayne Montg..
49% POT
Samuel Hylan..
46% POT
 
Greg Polson 138% POT
Gary Harley 116% POT
Shayne Montg.. 49% POT
Chris Blackw.. 45% POT
KevinSaber 31% POT
 

Next Race to Jump


More Sports & Racing news you might like

True Detective

Randwick tips and best bets 25 January 2020

A drying Royal Randwick plays host to a competitive nine-race card this Saturday.  With fine weather predicted in the.....

READ MORE right-arrow

Form Lay

Saturday racing Lays of the Day 25 January 2020

This week’s edition of Lays Of the Day focuses on two runners that may struggle to race to their preferred on.....

READ MORE right-arrow

Bookie Ring 060218

Free horse racing tips and best bets 25/01/20

Free racing tips from Michael Gannon Michael's tips have generated $2,890 profit from $100 win bets over the past 180.....

READ MORE right-arrow

Begood Toya Mother2

Moonee Valley Tips: Australia Stakes Preview 24 January 2020

Distance 1200m Grade Group 2  Track Rating Good 4 Prizemoney.....

READ MORE right-arrow

Caulfield finish

Caulfield Tips: Blue Diamond Fillies Preview 25 January 2020

Distance 1000m Grade Group 3  Track Rating Good 4 Prizemoney.....

READ MORE right-arrow

Canterbury Finish Post

Free horse racing tips and best bets for midweek races 22/01/20

Free racing tips from Michael Gannon Michael has generated $2,440 profit from $100 win bets over the p.....

READ MORE right-arrow

Copyright © 2020 S93 www.bettingnetworkaustralia.com.au

Stay in Control. For gambling help call 1800 858 858 or your local State gambling helpline, Gamblers Help, Mission Australia or visit www.gamblinghelponline.org.au. Users must be at least 18 years old.

www.bettingnetworkaustralia.com.au (the "site") is not a bookmaking or wagering website. As such the site does not provide bookmaking or wagering services. We are a tipping and information service site. If you choose to take tips or use information on this website, you acknowledge and agree that you will only wager with licensed service providers for your jurisdiction. For help call 1800 858 858 or visit www.gamblinghelponline.org.au. Our Terms and Conditions are listed here.

Feedback