China welcomes Uzbekistan in a match for the 3rd stage of the WC Qualification Asia (9th round). China is at the bottom of the table, 6 points behind their opponent. However, they still have a slim hope of finishing third, and Marcello Lippi has announced a real battle until all hope is lost. In other words, they need to win both their remaining matches and Uzbekistan to lose at home against South Korea next week. Furthermore, China also needs Syria and Qatar both to stay below 12 points, which is almost impossible. In this match, the home advantage may play an important role, as both teams present significant differences between home and away performances. Also, China will certainly have a huge support at the stadium. On the other side, Uzbekistan is holding their fate into their own hands. They are currently in the 3 rd position, with 12 points won, after 11 wins and 5 losses. Regardless of what South Korea do against Iran, they depend on themselves. Their attackers have scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. To conclude, despite home field advantage and support China does not have sufficient motivation for this game. Match with two unbalanced teams should be dominated by Uzbekistan, cause, in case of a win, their chance to qualify is much bigger.
Head To Head Stats:
|11.10.16||WC||Uzbekistan||China||2 : 0|
|14.01.15||CUP||China||Uzbekistan||2 : 1|
|06.06.13||FI||China||Uzbekistan||1 : 2|
|05.06.11||FI||China||Uzbekistan||1 : 0|
|16.01.11||CUP||China||Uzbekistan||2 : 2|