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Preview: Group G


Wednesday, September 4, 2019
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Kuala Lumpur: Exciting showdowns await in Group G of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, with United Arab Emirates joined by Southeast Asian rivals Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.


The eight group winners and four best runners-up will advance to the China 2023 Finals and the final round of qualifying for Qatar 2022.

However, should Qatar - having already qualified as hosts - win their group, the seven other group winners and five best second-placed sides will advance to the final round of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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The same applies should Qatar finish as one of the four best second-placed teams, with the fifth best group runners-up advancing to the third round of the Qualifiers.

The next best 24 teams from the second round of the Asian Qualifiers will compete in a separate competition for the remaining 12 slots in the 24-team AFC Asian Cup China 2023.


UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

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— UAE NT (@uaent2019) September 2, 2019

FIFA Ranking: 66
AFC Asian Cup Finals Record: Runners-up (1996)
FIFA World Cup Finals Record: Group Stage (1990)
Head Coach: Bert van Marwijk (NED)

UAE will be the favourites to not only advance but win Group G as they attempt to seal FIFA World Cup qualification for only the second time.

Dutchman Bert van Marwijk, who guided Australia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, has the experience UAE need to see off the four Southeast Asian teams and the return of playmaker Omar Abdulrahman from injury is a massive boost.


VIETNAM

FIFA Ranking: 97
AFC Asian Cup Finals Record: Fourth Place (1956, 1960)
FIFA World Cup Finals Record: No previous appearances
Head Coach: Park Hang-seo (KOR)

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Vietnam have been catching the attention of the Continent in recent times and their run to the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 was testament of how much the Southeast Asian side have improved.

Head coach Park Hang-seo has successfully moulded the young talents at his disposal into a well-drilled outfit and Vietnam will fancy their chances in the Asian Qualifiers.


THAILAND

FIFA Ranking: 115
AFC Asian Cup Finals Record: Third Place (1972)
FIFA World Cup Finals Record: No previous appearances
Head Coach: Akira Nishino (JPN)

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Thailand have seen Vietnam usurp them in recent times but the quality of the War Elephants is indisputable.

They were the only ASEAN team to make the third round of Asian Qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and with Akira Nishino - who led Japan to a Round of 16 finish in Russia - in charge, Thailand will be a force in Group G.


MALAYSIA

FIFA Ranking: 159
AFC Asian Cup Finals Record: Group Stage (1976, 1980, 2007)
FIFA World Cup Finals Record: No previous appearances
Head Coach: Tan Cheng Hoe (MAS)

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Posted by Football Association of Malaysia (Official) on Monday, 2 September 2019

 

On their day, Malaysia can beat their ASEAN rivals and if head coach Tan Cheng Hoe can get his team to perform consistently, the Malayan Tigers will be challenging for a top-two finish in the group.

They will also have a score to settle with the UAE, having suffered a 10-0 defeat to the West Asians in 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifying.


INDONESIA

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— PSSI (@PSSI) August 29, 2019

FIFA Ranking: 160
AFC Asian Cup Finals Record: Group Stage (1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
FIFA World Cup Finals Record: No previous appearances
Head Coach: Simon McMenemy (ENG)

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Selamat berjuang, Garuda! ♥️🇮🇩#PSSINow #KitaGaruda pic.twitter.com/kTJxGaEPxQ

— PSSI (@PSSI) August 23, 2019

Indonesia will be making a reappearance in the Asian Qualifiers after missing out on the previous edition due to a FIFA suspension.

They also thrive when playing against their ASEAN rivals and this is makes Indonesia as a dangerous team in Group G, especially when playing at home in the imposing Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.


Fixtures

Matchday 1 - September 5: Thailand vs Vietnam; Indonesia vs Malaysia
Matchday 2 - September 10: Indonesia vs Thailands; Malaysia vs UAE
Matchday 3 - October 10: UAE vs Indonesia; Vietnam vs Malaysia
Matchday 4 - October 15: Thailand vs UAE; Indonesia vs Vietnam
Matchday 5 - November 14: Malaysia vs Thailand; Vietnam vs UAE
Matchday 6 - November 19: Vietnam vs Thailand; Malaysia vs Indonesia
Matchday 7 - March 26: UAE vs Malaysia; Thailand vs Indonesia
Matchday 8 - March 31: Indonesia vs UAE; Malaysia vs Vietnam
Matchday 9 - June 4: Vietnam vs Indonesia; UAE v Thailand
Matchday 10 - June 9: Thailand vs Malaysia; UAE vs Vietnam

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