Uzbekistan to face Yemen ahead of Saudi Arabia clash

Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan will continue their battle for the top spot of Group D of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 as they take on Singapore and Yemen respectively on Friday.

Leading the group with a two-point margin, hosts Saudi Arabia will aim to extend their unbeaten run to seven games with a repeat of their Matchday Three win against Singapore.

Hot on their trails, Uzbekistan are in pursuit of a third consecutive win and securing the three points against Yemen could be their only way to go into the final matchday with a chance of finishing top.

Yemen v Uzbekistan

Despite being bottom of Group D, Yemen still have a chance to climb up as high as third in the table as they find themselves two points behind Palestine and Singapore having played a game less than both.

In order to do so, coach Ahmed Qasim’s men will need to do significantly better than the reverse fixture which they lost 5-0 in Tashkent on Matchday Three. Indeed, they need to add a second win 19 months after defeating Palestine 1-0 in what remains their only win of the campaign.

Free-scoring Uzbekistan put five against Singapore on their return to the Qualifiers, taking their tally to 17 goals, more than any other team in the group.

Head coach Vadim Abramov’s men had started their Asian Qualifiers campaign with a stunning 2-0 defeat to Palestine, but have since gone on a run of three wins and a single defeat by Saudi Arabia, whom they hope to edge to the top spot on the final matchday, but for that to remain a possibility, a win against Yemen is essential.

Yemen v Uzbekistan
Venue: King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh
Kick-off: 21:00 hours (UTC+3)


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