With the start of the Syrian civil war, some footballers have taken political positions publicly,
(namely in support of the rebels) and that cost some of them their lives.
Others were subject to torture or incarceration (…) and the most popular ones were removed from the National team.
Some dissidents, not only from the sporting world, have even switched sides and are now publicly supporting Damascus’ regime.
With all of this, we have two popular returns: the strikers’ duo of Firas Al-Khatib and Omar Al Somah, with this last one being the best Asian striker.
They will join the great Omar Khribin and Al Mawas.
This is definitely the best team, on paper, that Syria has at their disposal in all of this qualification stage that started around 2 years ago.
With this huge campaign, many players were able to get professional contracts in clubs with good conditions, especially when compared to what they had in Syria.
Comparing then with the initial call-ups where they only had 2 or 3 players playing abroad, now it is different, since they only have 9 footballers playing in Syria, and they all play at Al Wahda, who is on the middle-east final of the AFC Cup.
Qatar is practically eliminated, since there is a one in a million chance for them to finish in third place.
Ever since the last match, where they won against South Korea, Qatar was left without a manager after the resignation of Fossati and Felix Sanchez.
Who had won the U19’s title in 2014 and that took Qatar to the U20’s World Cup. Project 2022 starts here. Tabata, Soria, Meshal Abdulah, Kasola, Lecomte and Luiz Jr. will be out.
However, this is still a quality team, with Afif and their creative duo of Al Haydos and Ali Assad as their key players.
These two last players have improved a lot thanks to their time with Portuguese manager Jesualdo Ferreira.
Qatar had a tour in England, where they have lost with Nottingham Forest but won against Leeds and Andorra. They have also won against Turkmenistan but that match was already played in Doha.
With less resources, they didn’t have enough to spend some time in Syria, so they only spent a bit more than a week in Malaysia, which has been their home during this qualification, where they have beaten the local National team and tied with Iraq.
If this match was being played in Doha, it would be a lot harder (it is still harder) for the Syrians.
That is because Qatar knows how to play and exchange the ball, and, besides their speed up front, they will play under no pressure.
But one thing is playing in quality fields with nurtured grass, which is a lot different from playing on Malaysia’s fungal grass, just like a farm’s field.
Syria vs Qatar – Betting Tip and Prediction:
The weather in Malaysia isn’t ideal as well with storms, rain, humidity and heat.
That’s nothing new for Syria, who has been playing this whole qualification like this.
The Syrians will leave it all on the pitch, as they usually do, playing with a lot of guts and determination.
And this time they have quality options in attack such as Omar Al Somah, who only needs half a chance to score a goal.
This way, I think it is the perfect opportunity to back Syria here. For the most cautious ones, the DNB is also a good option, to protect the draw.
|Syria to win||