Bahrain vs Thailand
Competition: AFC Asian Cup
Date: 10 January 2019
Kick-off: 12:00 CET
Bahrain produced the first major surprise of the tournament, by earning a point against hosts UAE in the opening match. Actually, if the referee had not listened to one of his assistants (it was clear that the penalty decision was “encouraged” by one of the assistants, as the referee didn’t point at the penalty spot right away), gifting the UAE a penalty in the 87th minute, Bahrain most probably would have earned all three points. They were sort of lucky not to concede in the opening minutes of the match, when the UAE missed a glorious opportunity to take the lead, but after that, they defended very-very well, complicating things for the hosts. Mohamed Al Romaihi scored in the 78th minute, but that super dubious (if not downright ridiculous, as it was obvious that the Bahrain player had no intention of touching the ball with his hand) penalty decision deprived Bahrain from what would have been a massive victory.
Someone had to pay for that embarrassing/humiliating 1-4 defeat in Thailand’s debut in the tournament, and it couldn’t be anyone else but Milovan Rajevac. The Serbian coach lost his job, and has been replaced by Sirisak Yodyardthai. Thailand were unlucky to go 0-1 down in the first half, the referee pointed at the penalty spot after an unintentional handball inside the box, but they did equalize before halftime. Come second half though, they looked… stunned. Especially defensively, they looked like they were… hypnotized. They ended up losing 1-4, with that -3 putting them in a very tough position. Huge disappointment for the Thais, who, under Rajevac, had improved defensively, only to totally drop the ball when it mattered the most, their debut in the Asian Cup finals.
Previous five matches:
UAE vs Bahrain 1-1
Bahrain vs North Korea 4-0
Bahrain vs Lebanon 1-0
Bahrain vs Tajikistan 5-0
Oman vs Bahrain 2-1
Thailand vs India 1-4
Thailand vs Oman 2-0
Thailand vs Malaysia 2-2
Malaysia vs Thailand 0-0
Thailand vs Singapore 3-0
Bahrain are facing India on Monday. Same day, Thailand will be playing against the UAE.
Bahrain vs Thailand: Head to head Stats
Bahrain and Thailand have played against each other eight times in the past; two wins for Bahrain, two for the Thais as well, and four draws. Total goals, 9-8 for the Middle Easterners.
Bahrain vs Thailand: Prediction
I’m going totally against the odds, backing (call me… suicidal) Thailand to earn at least a point. It’s Bahrain who are considered clear favorites to win, but with Rajevac gone, I expect the Thais to react, look vastly improved compared to that match versus India, and get something out of this game.
Bahrain vs Thailand: Betting Tips
Thailand’s double chance is at 1.73. The same combined with “under 2.5 goals” pays 2.45.