Wednesday, June 17, 2009



All to play for here, hosts will book a playoff place with a draw or better, the visitors will steal that spot with all three points.

Goals are something of a problem for both and Uzbekistan have failed to score in five of their seven group games, including losing the reverse fixture by virtue of a goal conceded deep in injury time. They might start cautiously, but at some stage they will have to come out and go for it, which is when I expect Bahrain, who have quite impressed me this campaign and who get forward very quickly, to take the lead, probably with a goal on the break.

Bahrain could easily have taken a point or more from their last game, away to Australia, they had restricted the Aussies to few attempts on goal and were just getting on top, when conceding against the run of play. They are quite a physically imposing defensive unit and try to play a very quick passing style on the offensive. I will back them , but will keep stakes small, as the draw is a concern of course. Temperature will be high today, that will not be a problem for the visitors, but the humidity will be and the conditions could be very severe come kick off time.

4.5 points Bahrain -1/2 ball 2.20 asian line.

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