Asian World Cup qualification

Discussion in 'Saudi Arabia' started by Fa1con, Jul 1, 2021.

  1. Fa1con

    Fa1con Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Saudi Arabia
    Japan is the only complete team in our group, the rest shouldn't be underestimated either. All in all, a great preparation for the WC.

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  2. hammad_friend

    hammad_friend Member

    Dec 26, 2005
    Dubai, Karachi
    Club:
    Al Hilal Riyadh
    Nat'l Team:
    Saudi Arabia
    Saudi Arabia should eye to take maximum 3 points in all home games (specially against Japan), while take maximum 15 points in first 5 matches.

    Even a point against Japan will be a bonus
     
  3. hammad_friend

    hammad_friend Member

    Dec 26, 2005
    Dubai, Karachi
    Club:
    Al Hilal Riyadh
    Nat'l Team:
    Saudi Arabia
    Vietnam is no pushover while taking maximum 3 points in all home games (specially against Japan) should be the main target.

    Maximum 3 points for game against Oman in Muscat should be the main target as well.
     
  4. al ittihady

    al ittihady Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    Club:
    Al Ittihad Jeddah
    Nat'l Team:
    Saudi Arabia
  5. al ittihady

    al ittihady Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    Club:
    Al Ittihad Jeddah
    Nat'l Team:
    Saudi Arabia
    Looking at the schedule, KSA's first four games are crucial as 3 are at home and one away with Oman.

    Gathering maximum points from these games will set up the tone in the group and they can ease themselves up in the away games.

    Looking at the current form and players, things look positive for NT but what is worrying is the upcoming Arab Cup which will be held in December.

    As most of the NT players are made of the big 4/5 clubs in KSA, the players will be representing clubs in the league, ACL, WCQ and now ACL. Not to forget any cup games in the middle ( Kings Cup ). This will surely overburden the players in the latter stages of the qualifications.

    Salem Dawsari, Salman Faraj and Yasser Shahrani are all part of Olympic Squad which is another worry since all the three are in there late 20's or in early 30's. They can't carry much as before and the NT heavily relies on them.

    Only thing which can be compromised here is if at all the FA decides to send B-Team to Arab Cup and clubs coaches rotates the players frequently in the league games.
     
  6. hammad_friend

    hammad_friend Member

    Dec 26, 2005
    Dubai, Karachi
    Club:
    Al Hilal Riyadh
    Nat'l Team:
    Saudi Arabia
    This is the only solution i.e., either send B-Team to Arab Cup OR send U-23 Team. No use to send players and exhaust them for crucial World Cup qualifiers.

    Saudi has 3 home games (and we know from previous 4 world cup qualifier that how crucial it is to get maximum 3 points of home game) so Saudi should aim to get 9 out of 9 points from 3 home games initially, and 3 points from away game to Oman... Saudi Arabia NT is capable of doing this, the hardest match will be against Japan which Saudi should win if they play with 2 forwards like they played in Asian Cup 2007 in the Semi-Finals which Saudi Arabia won 3-2
     

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