Greetings, dear friends! Let's take a closer look at the Asian Cup. Qatar will face off against Lebanon. Let's try to assess the teams and strive to choose the best bet. Let's get on with it!
In 2019, Qatar became the champion of the Asian Cup, achieving victory over Japan with a score of (3:1). Their last match was held on the 5th of January this year. At that time, Qatar played a friendly match against Jordan. The hosts then suffered a defeat with a margin of 1 goal (1:2). Mohammed Muntari sustained an ankle injury during a warm-up match against Cambodia and will miss the continental tournament as he is preparing for surgery. Usama Al Tai will also be absent from the squad due to an ACL tear.
In 2019, Lebanon failed to make the play-offs of the Asian Cup. In the group stage they only managed to beat North Korea (4:1), but suffered defeats against Qatar and Saudi Arabia, conceding 2 unanswered goals from both teams. A week ago, the team played a friendly at home against Saudi Arabia. The team lost, allowing the only goal of the match. Leonard Shahin will not participate in this tournament because Lebanon was unable to complete his FIFA registration in time.
These teams have met each other 6 times on the football pitch. Lebanon has never managed to beat Qatar, however, they lost in 5 games. In their last head-to-head match, which took place on the 9th of January 2019 at the previous Asian Cup, Qatar scored 2 unanswered goals.
So, let's sum up our analysis. Certainly, Qatar – the winners of the previous Asian Cup, will enter this match as the favourites. And not just because of their accolades. They also showcase great play at home, while Lebanon seems to be rather unconfident away. I recommend betting on Qatar's handicap (-1.5).
I expect that Qatar will be able to fully display their worth at home, and I expect a number of goals from them. There's also a chance to see a fight from Lebanon. I would bet on the total goals over 2.5. Best of luck and enjoy the game, dear friends!