Kuala Lumpur: As national teams across the Continent prepare to assume the limelight during the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, a number of players still vying for AFC Champions League glory will turn their attention to the international scene.
With the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League semi-finals already concluded, club football takes a short break as all eyes turn towards the Matchday Three and Four fixtures of the Asian Qualifiers, which take place on Thursday and Tuesday.
A total of 25 players, from three of the four remaining club teams, will don the shirts of their respective countries as their journeys to reach Qatar in 2022 and China PR a year later continue in what promises to be a fascinating double-header of matches.
Kuala Lumpur: 32 ties will be played in the next two Matchdays of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 as the Continent's 40 hopefuls look to take another step closer in advancing to the two showpieces.
Matchdays One and Two produced several surprises and the-AFC-com picks out five matches to keep an eye on in Thursday's Matchday Three.
Kuala Lumpur: After September’s action-packed start, the Continent’s leading national teams are set to return for Matchdays Three and Four of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
With records, streaks and qualification for the two biggest international tournaments on the Asian football calendar all on the line, the-AFC.com examines some of the stats and facts you need to know ahead of the 32 fixtures to come.
MD3 Preview – Group A: Heavyweights out to avoid upsets
Kuala Lumpur: After winning starts to their respective FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers campaigns last month, China PR and Syria will be looking to avoid potential banana skins in Group A action on Thursday.
China PR will host Guam in Guangzhou, while Syria will face the Maldives in Dubai as the group’s two highest ranked sides look to stamp their authority on the road to Qatar 2022 and China 2023.
MD3 Preview - Group D: Singapore out to maintain momentum
Kuala Lumpur: Table-topping Singapore continue their Asian Qualifiers campaign on Thursday with a trip to Saudi Arabia, while Uzbekistan entertain Yemen in Tashkent.
With qualification for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 up for grabs, Singapore currently lead the way in Group D with four points from two games – one more than second-placed Palestine who are not in action until next Tuesday.
Kuala Lumpur: Qatar will aim to get back to winning ways while Oman will be hoping to snatch the top spot should the reigning Asian champions stumble again in Group E of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers.
Qatar make their first away trip of the campaign to face Bangladesh in Dhaka, while Oman return to action on home soil against Afghanistan, with the two Gulf nations vying for the summit of the group.