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Jordan vs. Uzbekistan

Jordan vs. Uzbekistan

With the World Cup berth at stake, Jordan and Uzbekistan will most likely settle for a draw. Expect a down the wire match that will determine the most deserving the squad to participate in the celebrated event.
 
Jordan
With only 2 months to go before the awaited Asian World Cup qualifying begins, Jordan’s coach Adnan Hamad made his way out of the squad. The sudden exit transferred the (burden) and challenge to former Egyptian striker, Hossam Hassan. But despite questions on how the team will adjust, Jordan is confident that they shall overcome all of these struggles and eventually, book a ticket to Brazil.
Jordan occupies the third spot of Group B of the Asian World Cup qualifier. Out of the eight matches that they have participated, the team won thrice, drew once and lost 4. Nevertheless, they managed to collect 10 points to keep another potential contender, Oman at bay.
 
Entering the first leg of the play-offs, Jordan shall enjoy the benefits of its home court advantage. The adjustments that have to be performed are minimal. If there is any, these are no other than trying to adapt to Hassan’s different approach.
 
Uzbekistan
Similar to Jordan, Uzbekistan is also one of the most competitive squads in its group. This is not surprising since the squad has been a familiar face in the Asian qualifier. Their entry into the play-off is rather expected. They have been here before and the upcoming match is no stranger to them. For Uzbekistan, the play-off is not just about securing their World Cup berth. Instead, it is also a way for them to redeem themselves after a disappointing performance last 2010.
 
Uzbekistan’s competitiveness and determination to enter the prestigious event is evident in their last performance. Out of their 8 matches, the squad has only lost twice, forced a draw twice and won 4 of their remaining encounter. As a matter of fact, both Korea Republic and Uzbekistan accumulated 14 points. The former has managed to advance mainly because of their goal difference.
 
Now that Uzbekistan had the golden opportunity to shine in a larger arena, expect the squad to push themselves to the limit and avoid repeating history.
 
World Cup betting tip: A stalemate
There is a high possibility for the match to end in a draw. Jordan plays the strongest when they are in their own soil. This is readily shown when Japan and Australia suffered their dose of defeat in the said country. These two have already qualified, but the mere fact that they had a hard time beating Jordan means that Uzbekistan might also suffer the same fate.
 
On the other hand, many tag Uzbekistan as the clear favorites of the match. This has something to do with their impressive performance in their group. Uzbekistan is aware of Jordan’s home court advantage. They know the squad’s strength. However, in terms of experience, definitely, they have the upper-hand.
 
Uzbekistan shall not wave the white flag easily and ending in a draw, if not winning the match, is the best result that they can come up with.
 
 
Match Date: 06 September 2013 (local time)
Venue: Amman
 
 
 
Image Source: Zimbio

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