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China take on Saudi Arabia in the 9th round of the Asia: World Cup qualification in a match that is crucial for the visitors.
China vs Saudi Arabia: Top Free Betting Tips
China have no chances to qualify at this point, so this game is of no importance to the nation. Saudi Arabia, however, need another win to secure their qualification in the World Cup as Australia remains four points below them with two games left.
Total Goals – Under 2.5
Saudi Arabia are one of the two teams with the least goals in their games to date and most of their fixtures ended with less than 2.5 goals – 4/6 had less than 3 goals. At the same time, they have not had a single over 2.5 on the road in four fixtures. In fact, there were a total of 4 goals in those four games. China managed to score in 3/4 home games in this cycle but we think that Saudi Arabia will be mistakeless in this match and we will not see goals from the home team.
Home Team Exact Goals – China 0 Goals
The odds for the Saudi Arabia win are too low to be considered, so we are going for a different type of market. As explained above, we do not expect to see goals from China in this fixture. It is true that they managed to score twice in the first fixture between the two teams last year but this was a different period and this match now is of key importance to Saudi Arabia. We expect their defense to be at its best and China to remain goalless.
Alternative Corners – Under 9
We expect a game with very few corners as both teams have had mostly such games in this qualifications cycle. For example, China's games had 5, 12, 5, 14, 5, 6, 7, 6 corners. The match against Saudi Arabia was one of those with 5 corners at full time. In this match, we expect to see some corners for Saudi Arabia but not more than 1-2 for China total.
China vs Saudi Arabia: Form, Recent Games, and News
There is no doubt that China had much bigger expectations for these qualifications than their results show and the disappointment must be huge. The team has been one of the two weakest and they scored 8 goals in 8 games while conceding 16. Their best game was against Saudi Arabia actually but we do not expect this to repeat itself in this one.
Saudi Arabia Preview
Saudi Arabia have been one of the two best teams in the group and until that recent loss to Japan, they hadn't lost a single game in this third stage of the AWC qualifications. They have also not been scoring a lot of goals but their solid defense did enough to win them all these games. Their goal difference after 8 rounds is 10:5.
Top Betting Odds and Stats for China vs Saudi Arabia
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FAQs regarding China vs Saudi Arabia
In which places are China and Saudi Arabia?
As explained, Saudi Arabia have been one of the top teams and even with that defeat to Japan, they remain at the top with 19 points. For your information, Japan are 2nd with 18 and Australia have 15 at third. China, in turn, have won just 5 points and are 5th out of 6 teams.
Where will this match be played?
This game will take place at the Sharjah Stadium, which is located in the United Arab Emirates. Even though China are the ‘hosts', they will not play in China.
When does the game start?
This match will start at 15:00 UTC on Thursday.