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Matchday Six: Five things to look out for 


Kuala Lumpur: Matchday Six of the Asian Qualifiers on Tuesday will see yet another round of thrills and spills with all eight groups to see key ties.

With qualification for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 to take a break till March after Tuesday's matches, the-AFC.com picks five things to look out for.

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All eyes on Omar Al Soma

Omar Al Soma's Syria run of having scored in every Asian Qualifiers match ended in the tie against China PR on Thursday but it didn't cost Syria as they won 2-1.

The Syrian captain, however, will be aiming to add to his Asian Qualifiers leading tally of seven goals against Philippines on Tuesday where a win will see the West Asians stretching their lead at the top of Group A to eight points.


 

Kuwait to test Nepal's resolve

An already tough assignment against Kuwait has become even more challenging for Nepal after four players were dropped for breaching team rules prior to the South Asian team's departure to Thimphu, Bhutan.

Striker Bimal Gharti Magar and midfielders Anjan Bista, Santosh Tamang and Dinesh Rajbanshi were the players penalised.

Nepal were defeated 7-0 when the two teams met in their Group B opener in September.


India in need of a win

After three draws and a defeat, India will face Oman in Muscat desperately needing three points.

While a late comeback saw Oman register a 2-1 win when the two teams met in September, goals at the very end salvaged India draws against Bangladesh and Afghanistan and Igor Stimac's side will need to start on the front foot at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex.


Bukit Jalil National Stadium set to rock

Tickets for Malaysia's Group G tie against Indonesia are sold out, with 80,000 fans set to roar Harimau Malaya against their Southeast Asian rivals.

Malaysia revived their campaign with a 2-1 win over Thailand and their fans will aim to power them to another victory, having already defeated Indonesia 3-2 when the two teams met in Jakarta in September.


Race on for Group H top spot

Either Lebanon, DPR Korea or Turkmenistan could be the Group H leaders at the end of Tuesday's action with current table-toppers Korea Republic not in action.

Lebanon host DPR Korea in Beirut and a win for either side will take them to 10 points, two ahead of Korea Republic.

Should the Lebanon-DPR Korea tie end in a draw and Turkmenistan defeat Sri Lanka in Ashgabat, the Central Asians will end 2019 at the Group H leaders.

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