Qualifying for the 2018 World Cup is reaching a crucial stage in Asia and with half of the games remaining in Group B, there is all to play for. Two teams will qualify from the group automatically, with the third-place team entering the play-offs, so even for a team like Thailand, they must believe they can still move up the table.
However, despite finishing top of their group in the second round of Asian qualifying, Thailand are finding life difficult in the third round and sit bottom of the group. They have never made it to a World Cup finals in their history and have only ever been in the third round of Asian qualifying twice before, making this the third time.
Their opponents, Saudi Arabia, have played in the World Cup finals on four occasions, between 1994 and 2006. They reached the Round of 16 in 1994 but failed at the group stage ever since. Saudi Arabia failed to qualify for the 2010 and 2014 World Cup finals and will be hoping to put that right in 2018.
1. Bookies Choice
Thailand have failed to win any of their five matches in Group B, drawing one and losing four and they come into this match as the underdogs. Saudi Arabia are top of the group with 10 points from their five matches, winning three, drawing one and losing one. This and their superior record when it comes to World Cup qualification, makes them the favourites for this match.
Keeping in mind Thailand held Australia to a draw in their last home World Cup qualification, they will be feeling confident of causing another upset in this match.
2. Thailand vs Saudi Arabia Betting Tips
As mentioned above, Thailand picked up a point in their last home match in a 2-2 draw with Australia, the team most fancied to qualify from the group in first place. Thailand’s recent home record in World Cup qualification is good and they have lost only two of their last nine games, including a 0-0 draw with Saudi Arabia in 2011. A goalless draw might be an interesting pick.
Keeping a clean sheet has been a problem for both Thailand and Saudi Arabia in home and away World Cup qualifying games respectively. Thailand have kept a clean sheet once in their last six and Saudi Arabia have conceded a goal in each of their last three games. Therefore, the draw, with both teams to score could make a good bet. If you fancy the favourites, Saudi Arabia, to come away with maximum points, the away win and over 2.5 goals will be a good offer to bet at.
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