Australia vs Kuwait by Alexis1016
The opening game at Asian Cup. The hosts Australia will face Kuwait in Melbourne.
Lately, Kuwait put some problems to Australia in H2H games, but now should be something different because the Aussies want to start this competition very well and 3 points against the weakest side in the group are very important.
Kuwait started very well the Gulf Cup with a win against Iraq, but they were eliminated since the group stage after a shocking defeat against Oman, 0-5. After that, the coach Jorvan Vieira left the team and the Brazilian, who won the Asian Cup with Iraq in 2007, was replaced by the Tunisian Nabil Maaloul, a coach who seems to have a defensive approach.
Most likely Kuwait will have a defensive approach looking for a point in this game. Sure, the away side can be dangerous on the counter but they don't have much options in front of the goal, especially as Fahad Al Enezi is set to miss this game due some passport issues. He is a quick player, with good dribbling. So, the only threat for the Aussies defense remains top scorer Bader Al-Mutawa, but I think the players trained by Ange Postecoglou can anihilate him.
In this conditions, Australia can win to nil this match, especially as they have a very good keeper in the person of Matt Ryan from Club Brugge. He is the best keeper from this tournament over the Japanese Kawashima. I mean Ryan it's a regular starter for Brugge (1st place in Belgian Pro League), while Eiji was dropped to the bench of Standard Liege (6th place) in the last games.
|Australia to win to nil||Bet365||1.90||7||4-1 LOST (-7 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.