Kuala Lumpur: A Central Asian derby pits Tajikistan against neighbours Kyrgyz Republic, while Mongolia look to make further history when they host Myanmar as Group F of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers begin on Thursday.
Tajikistan and Mongolia will be aiming to make the best of their respective opening ties at home and seal an early advantage on their road to Qatar 2022 and China 2023.
MD1 Preview - Group A: Home teams seek winning starts
Kuala Lumpur: Guam and the Philippines will be aiming for winning starts when they begin their respective FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers' campaigns on Thursday.
Guam face Maldives in the opening match of the second round of the Asian Qualifiers while Philippines will face Syria later in the day.
MD1 Preview - Group B: Hopefuls seek early advantage
Kuala Lumpur: Group B of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 is set for an exciting start as the four teams in action on Matchday One look to hit the ground running.
With Australia the fifth team in the group, Chinese Taipei will be targeting full points against Jordan while Kuwait will expect the same against Nepal.
MD1 Preview - Group E: Qatar favourites but challengers hopeful
Kuala Lumpur: Qatar are the overwhelming favourites but that won't deter the rest of the Asian Qualifiers' Group E cast from targeting successful campaigns.
India face Oman on Thursday while Qatar, whose place in the FIFA World Cup 2022 is already sealed, will host Afghanistan with AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualification also up for grabs in the Asian Qualifiers.
Kuala Lumpur: History will be made in Pyongyang on October 15 when Korea Republic travel to face DPR Korea in their Asian Qualifiers tie for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 as the neighbouring rivals meet on the pitch in a competitive fixture in the northern nation for the first time.
The encounter – the first of two in Group H featuring the Koreans, with the second in Seoul on June 4, 2020 – headlines the second round of qualifying for the two tournaments that has thrown up an array of fascinating clashes that will often see traditional rivals go head-to-head for a berth in the next round of the campaign for places in Qatar and China PR.