Vietnam vs. Oman - Prediction & Team News

March 24, 2022, 9:48:47 AM

Both Vietnam and Oman have already been eliminated from World Cup qualifying ahead of their meeting on Thursday.

The hosts are bottom of Group B in the Asian pool with just three points from eight games, while the visitors are fourth on eight points.

Neither country has ever previously qualified for the World Cup and their respective waits will go on for another four years at least.

After losing their first seven matches in Group B, Vietnam finally put points on the board with a 3-1 victory over China last month.

Ho Tan Tai, Nguyen Tien Linh and Phan Van Duc all found the back of the net as Vietnam were only denied a clean sheet by a 97th-minute Chinese goal.

Park Hang-seo's side have the worst defensive record in this stage of Asian qualifying, shipping 17 goals in eight games. They travel to Japan in their final group game next week.

Oman have won all three of their previous games against Vietnam, but this will be their first visit to Hanoi.

The Middle Eastern nation won 3-1 in the reverse fixture earlier in this qualifying campaign, one of just two victories they have picked up in eight matches.

Oman are winless in their last four games in Group B, but earned a respectable 2-2 draw against Australia last month as Abdullah Fawaz equalised from the penalty spot in the 89th minute.

Nguyen Trong Hoang, Do Duy Manh and Doan Van Hau, and goalkeeper Dang Van Lam are all injured, therefore Vietnam will be without them.

𝐓𝐄𝐀𝐌 𝐍𝐄𝐖𝐒
Nguyen Tuan Manh, Nguyen Tuan Anh, and Nguyen Hai Huy, who all missed out last month, have all been recalled.

Adriano Schmidt, a German-born defender, has been called up for the first time. He is a member of Binh Dinh, a top-tier Vietnamese club.

Oman manager Branko Ivankovic was rumored to be selecting a young squad for this month's qualifications with an eye on the future, but this has not proven to be the case.

Faiz Al-Rushaidi, Harib Al-Saadi, and Mohsin Al-Khaldi are among the veterans still in contention, but only goalie Al-Rushaidi is expected to start.

𝐖𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐲: 𝐕𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐧𝐚𝐦 𝟏-𝟐 𝐎𝐦𝐚𝐧
With neither side having much to play for, both managers could experiment in this game which makes it difficult to predict an outcome. Oman are certainly the stronger side and have had some good results in this qualifying campaign, so we think they will take the three points.

𝐕𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭 𝐮𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐰𝐞𝐛𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐞: 𝐰𝐰𝐰.𝟏𝟐𝟔𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐚.𝐜𝐨𝐦

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