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Philippines vs Syria Preview, Possible Lineups & Predictions

Philippines vs Syria Preview, Possible Lineups & Predictions

Let us see some predictions of professional experts about Philippines vs Syria match in group A of FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier.

Philippines vs Syria match information

Time: 19:30 (GMT+8) on September 5th

Venue: Panaad Stadium, Bacolod, Philippines 

Competition: group A of FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier

The Philippines will suffer a great loss when goalkeeper Neil Etheridge is injured in the process of preparing for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier starting next month.

The Azkals is expected to confront Syria and Guam on September 5th and 10th within the Group A of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier. They will also meet China and the Maldives, other competitors. same table.

However, the media reported that Etheridge goalkeeper Cardiff City, manager Scott Cooper's first choice in the goal, would have to watch two opening matches in the World Cup Qualifier from the stands.

29-year-old goalkeeper Etheridge suffered a hamstring injury in the Championship match against Wigan Athletic this weekend and he was assigned to sit out for six to eight weeks to recover from an injury.

"Maybe he can play in home games against China on October 15th", Azkals manager Cooper told Rappler.

Etheridge also missed the 2019 AFC Cup and 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup because of ties with the club, where Bangkok United goalkeeper Michael Falkesgaard replaced the Premier League goalkeeper.

Meanwhile, Coach Cooper has announced a list of 39 players for the Philippines World Cup Qualifier campaign, including a number of new players abroad, as previously reported.

These players include goalkeeper Bernd Schipmann from Germany, Michael Kempter from Switzerland, Raphael Obermair from Austria, Jesse Curran from Scotland and Elias Mordal from Norway, according to the Inquirer.

According to information, 16 of Philippines players summoned for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign are currently playing in Thai League.

According to the results of the 2022 World Cup qualifier for Asia, the Philippines is located in Group A with China, Syria, Maldives and Guam. According to experts, China and Syria are considered the two main rivals of the team from Southeast Asia in the battle to win tickets to the final qualifier.

Historically, the Philippine team had met Syria three times, in which Syria won all three matches (the scores were 2-0, 12-0 and 5-1). Obviously, although away from home, Syria is the team that is rated higher than Philippines before the match.

Philippines vs Syria score predictions: 1-3