Tue, Jan 25, 4:03pm by Kevin Pitstock
Uzbek coach Vadim Abramov reckons they have a great chance of beating us, and will. He says the Osieck managed team is weaker than in 2009? Is he correct, well I personally think it’s hard to tell this early on. The Socceroos have been getting results though, without setting the world on fire.
The Socceroos match doesn’t kick off until 3:25am AEST so you’d have to be keen to stay up for this one. It is Australia day tomorrow so the general population has the day off.
The other match is between the Korea Republic and Japan. When you think of Asian power houses, these are the two teams that probably come to mind. They are always quick and skillful on the ball and will be a delight to watch. This is the pick of the semi-finals to watch tonight – even though the majority of readers here are Aussie.
Taking place at Khalifa International Stadium, Doha at 12:25am this will be an enthralling contest.
Korea Republic: $2.90
Prediction: Korea Republic
Japan were lucky to escape with an injury time victory against Qatar. They were down to 10 men and eventually got out of trouble just in time. Korea won a hard fought 1-0 match against Iran with a late goal as well.
There isn’t too much between these two teams but I think the Korea Republic have been playing better football up until this point.
Kicking off in the wee hours of the morning is the match most of us are waiting for at Thani Bin Jassim Stadium. Many that don’t follow football closely will assume this will be an easy-win match. I have to beg the differ and I think we’ll have our work cut out for us. Up until this point the Socceroos haven’t played a lot of quality teams, really only the Korea Republic. They’ve been lucky in regards to the draw, the their goal difference in their group giving them the easy ride through.
That being said, Uzbekistan are no push-overs and Australia will have to lift again. Tim Cahill is under and injury cloud an ankle problem, but should play. Jason Culina has been sent home but many pundits are claiming that’s a blessing in disguise because it gives Matt McKay’s passing game a chance to shine.
I’m going for a 2-1 victory to Australia in this match. Uzbekistan have let in plenty of goals in this tournament and if the experience of Australia upfront can click then we should be able to score a couple of goals. A major issue the Socceroos have at the moment is not having an out and out strike. It forces Tim Cahill and Harry Kewell to play up front, which isn’t their most effective positions.
It should be a fantastic night of betting and entertainment in the semi-finals of the 2011 Asian Cup coming from Qatar.
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