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Discussion in 'AFC: Tournaments' started by Suren01, Jul 17, 2019.
Group B: Australia, Jordan, Chinese Taipei, Kuwait, Nepal.
Two teams we are pretty familiar with, one team we haven't played since our OFC days and another who we have never played. We've drawn a team in Kuwait that would have been in a higher pot if not for a suspension and we get them first up away in what will be a difficult match I think. If we play well consistently this group is winnable, but if we don't we could end up missing out altogether.
Australia's first home game against Nepal will be in Canberra. Generally at this stage the qualifiers get sent around the country with the last one in either Sydney or Melbourne. Usually some smaller places get a look in in round one.
Announced this morning.
Update of results from 1st couple of games
Chinese Taipei 1 Jordan 2
Kuwait 7 Nepal 0
Chinese Taipei 0 Nepal 2
Kuwait 0 Australia 3
Kuwait 3 points (+4GD)
Australia 3 points (+3GD)
Nepal 3 pts (+1GD)
Jordan 3 pts (+1GD)
Chinese Taipei 0 pts (-9GD)
Aussies got the job done in Kuwait, didn't look that impressive but a solid result. Jordan in Jordan will be the big challenge, I think the rest of the games will be relatively simple.
I agree with you about the biggest challenge but we also need to treat the other teams and matches with the proper respect and by that I mean do the right research and preparation and not think its just a formality. Last cycle in the final group we identified the biggest challenges and negotiated them OK only to drop points in games we thought we would win.
Australia 5 Nepal 0
Jordan 0 Kuwait 0
Australia move to the top of Group B with 6 points from 2 games. Kuwait have 4 points from 3 games and Jordan 4 points from 2 games. Nepal have 3 from 3 and Chinese Taipei have lost their two opening games.
Next week Chinese Taipei host Australia and Jordan host Nepal. If Australia and Jordan win then it pretty much means the group winner will likely come from one of these two, Kuwait will likely come second or 3rd and the other two teams will need miracles.
Chinese Taipei 1 Australia 7
Jordan 3 Nepal 0
Australia 9 (+14)
Jordan 7 (+4)
Kuwait 4 (+4)
Nepal 3 (-13)
Chinese Taipei 0 (-9)
Jordan host Australia to complete the first half of the matches and Kuwait host Chinese Taipei. If Australia can take 3 points in Jordan it makes it very hard for anyone else to win the group. If the two hosts win then the group really tightens up between the top three.
Apparently there's a bit of a messy situation in this group.
Nepal have no stadiums that fit AFC's standards to host official internationals after the 2015 earthquake, and were unable to complete renovation works at their Dashrath Stadium in time for their qualifier against Kuwait.
AFC approved ANFA's offer to host the match in Bhutan, but Kuwait are throwing a strop now. They obviously don't fancy playing at high altitude below 10 degrees, and it will be interesting if AFC gives in to the Kuwait FA's demands.
Jordan 0 Australia 1
Kuwait 9 Chinese Taipei 0
Australia have a 5 point lead at the half way mark with 3 of their remaining 4 matches at home. Kuwait hold second spot on goal difference over Jordan.
Nepal 0 Kuwait 1
Jordan 5 Chinese Taipei 0
Chinese Taipei 0
Looks tight at the top on paper but Australia have a game in hand and 3 home games to go. Australia's home record in WCQ shows only 1 loss in 38 years and that was in a dead rubber when the Olympic team took the field as a warm up for the Beijing Olympics. This group has two weaker teams at the bottom and unless they pull off some upsets the second placed team should be able to qualify as well. Kuwait play Australia away and Jordan at home on the next match days and I think how these results go will decide the group standings.