Uzbekistan and Lebanon meet forces, in a friendly. This is the 9th friendly match of the year for Uzbekistan, after friendlies against Qatar, Korea DPR, Iran, Syria, Uruguay, Morocco and Senegal. In the case of Lebanon, this is their 4th friendly of the year, after previous friendly matches against Kuwait, Oman and Jordan. There is only a record of 1 direct confrontation in the last 3 years between these two teams, on 14-02-2016, which ended with the victory of Uzbekistan by (2-0). Particular attention is required for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results at home and abroad.
This is the 9th friendly match of the year for the home team, after previous friendlies in which they registered the following results: Uzbekistan (2-0) Qatar, Uzbekistan (2-0) Korea DPR, Uzbekistan (0-1) Iran , Uzbekistan (1-1) Syria, Uruguay (3-0) Uzbekistan, Iran (1-0) Uzbekistan, Morocco (2-0) Uzbekistan and Senegal (1-1) Uzbekistan. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 1 draw and 10 losses in away matches; against 10 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. Uzbekistan won 2, drew 1 and lost 1 of their last 4 home matches for the Friendlies. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 6 of the last 8 matches for this competition.
The Uzbekistan team enters this match with a victory over Qatar, 2-0, adding the second successive win in friendly matches: the goals of the victory were scored by Akhmedov and Bikmaev. Coach Hector Cuper usually acts in a tactical system in 4-2-3-1, privileging fast transitions. In this tactical design, the player with the most influence in the game of his team is the midfielder Akhmedov, player of the Shanghai SIPG. The Rostov forward, Shomurodov, is responsible for throwing the panic in the opponent’s defensive: to point out that this player presents some difficulties in the finalization, however, he makes up for it with his speed.
This is the visitor’s 4th friendly of the year, after previous friendlies in which they recorded the following results: Kuwait (1-0) Lebanon, Lebanon (0-0) Oman and Jordan (0-1) Lebanon. This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses in away matches, with 12 goals scored and 9 conceded; against 5 wins, 7 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 26 goals scored and 14 suffered. In the last 7 away matches for all competitions, Lebanon won 4, tied 2 and lost 1. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches.
The selection of Lebanon enters this unmotivated match, after a rebuff against Kuwait, 1-0, recording the second game followed without winning in friendly games. We remember that this team prepares its participation in the Asian Cup in 2019. The spearhead of the Apollon, El-Helwe, is the most offensive reference of Lebanon, being its best weapon the completion. The two responsible for supporting the most advanced piece in the field are Samir Ayass and Soony Saad, being that the last player of the Indy Eleven, very competent in the offensive organization.
PREDICTION: Uzbekistan to win @ 1.75