Preview: World Cup Qualifiers/Asia – Nov. 14, 2012

 

 

 

WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS – ASIA

 

With only two low profile qualifiers in Europe, its time to place the spotlight on the Asian qualifiers. The 4th round has reached the halfway point and pretty much all of the teams still have a chance to advance. As a reminder, its the top two teams in each group that automatically qualify for the World Cup in Brasil 2014. The third place teams in each group will play each other in a home-and-away series to determine which team will advance to yet another playoff series against the 5th place team in the South American qualifiers.

Group A favorites, Korea Republic and Iran currently co-lead the group but the point difference between 1st and last is only 3 points so each match is still important. Korea will certainly be odds on favorites to be one of the two teams to advance automatically as 3 of their remaining 4 matches are at home. Lebanon have an uphill battle with 3 road matches ahead which leaves Iran, Uzbekistan and Qatar to battle out for the 2nd spot and 3rd place which leads to a playoff spot. So that makes any hea-to-head matchup bewteen these 3 nations a very important match – including this Wednesday’s Iran v Uzbekistan match.

In Group B, Japan have already taken control as they took advantage of playing 3 of their 4 matches so far at home. Now they need to concentrate on not dropping too many points on the road, starting with their trip Wednesday to Oman. They should be joined by Australia when its all said and done with the Aussies facing 3 home matches in their last 4 but they cannot discount Oman, Jordan or Iraq who will likely be battling for that all important 3rd place.

 

GROUP A –

….TEAM……….GPPTS….GD
Korea Rep.………4……7……+5
Iran……………….4……7……+1
Uzbekistan………4……5……+0
Qatar…………….4……4……-3
Lebanon…………4……4……-3

.9:45am Qatar v Lebanon     DELAYED on One World Sports @ 4:30pm
11:30am Iran v Uzbekistan   LIVE on One World Sports

 

GROUP B –

….TEAM……….GP….PTS….GD
Japan……………4……10….+10
Australia…………4…….5…..+0
Oman……………4…….5……-2
Jordan…………..4…….4……-6
Iraq………………4…….2……-2

6:30am Oman v Japan   LIVE on One World Sports
8:00am Iraq v Jordan  DELAYED on One World Sports @ 2pm

(All times US Eastern)

One World Sports is available on Dishnetwork (channel #9794)

 

 

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