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Saudi Arabia U23 vs Uzbekistan U23: Defending champion head to final again?

Saudi Arabia U23 vs Uzbekistan U23: Defending champion head to final again?

The defending champion Uzbekistan U23 may show its power in the AFC U23 Championship by overcoming the tough opponent Saudi Arabia U23 in the first semi-final.

Saudi Arabia U23 vs Uzbekistan U23 match information

Time: 18:15 (GMT+8) on January 22nd

Venue: Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok

Competition: AFC U23 Championship 2020 semi final

Saudi Arabia U23 is a name that is not easy to bully when they are one of three teams in the middle of the unbeaten performance at the AFC U23 Championship 2020. In the group stage, they lead Group B with a record of winning 2 and drawing 1.

After that, Saad Al Shehri's team won 1-0 against host Thailand U23. Saudi Arabia U23 always knows how to overcome obstacles in this tournament despite playing not so frantically.

Saudi Arabia U23 vs Uzbekistan U23: Defending champion head to final again?

On the other hand, Uzbekistan U23 did not make fans disappointed by their 5-1 victory over UAE U23 in the last quarterfinals. With the cohesion of the whole team and quite diverse when deploying attacks, all 5 goals of Ljubinko Drulovic's team against UAE came from 5 different names. This makes Saudi Arabia U23 face a lot of difficulties deploying defenses in the next encounter.

In terms of force correlation at the present time, there is no significant difference between both teams, however, it will be very hard for Saudi Arabia U23 as their opponent is setting very high determination for the goal of protecting the throne.

Therefore, it will not be surprising that coach Saad Ali Al Shehri let his players actively play defensive counter-attack, and most likely the ticket to the final will belong to the defending champion.

Saudi Arabia U23 vs Uzbekistan U23: Defending champion head to final again?

Saudi Arabia U23 vs Uzbekistan U23 possible lineups:

Saudi Arabia U23: Al-Yami, Saud Abdulhamid, Hassan M Tambakti, Abdulbaset Al-Hindi, Kahlid Al-Dubaysh, Ali Al-Hassan, Mukhtar Ali, Sami Al-Najei, Ayman Al-Khalif, Abdullah Al-Hamdan, Khalid Al-Ghannam.

Uzbekistan U23: Abduvokhid Nematov, Khozhiakbar Alizhonov, Islomzhon Kobilov, Khusniddin Alikulov, Ilkhom Alizhonov, Sanzhar Kodirkulov, Abdulla Abdullaev, Aziz Ganiev, Jasur Yakhshiboev, Oybek Bozorov, Bobur Abdikholikov.

Saudi Arabia U23 vs Uzbekistan U23 score prediction: 1-2