Bahrain vs Malaysia

Match Preview: Bahrain vs. Malaysia Asian Cup – Prediction, Team news, Lineups

Bahrain and Malaysia are set to face each other for the first time in an Asian Cup group fixture at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on Saturday. Both teams are entering the contest with a defeat, so they will be looking to bounce back.

Match Preview:

The South Koreans were too strong for Bahrain in their opening game, beating them 3-1. Bahrain only had 29% of the possession, but they were level with a superior Korean side for five minutes, which is a positive sign for them going forward.

Bahrain has won their last three games when scoring the opening goal, while failing to concede in any of those fixtures.

They have also won their last three meetings with Malaysia, conceding just once over that stretch.

Malaysia returned to the group stage of the Asian Cup this week after a 16-year wait, but it was not memorable at all as they lost 4-0 to Jordan.

Kim Pan-gon’s men struggled to cope with the high intensity of Jordan and failed to find the back of the net for the first time since October 2023.

It has been over 44 years since they last won a group stage fixture in this competition, earning a 2-0 victory against the United Arab Emirates in 1980.

However, Malaysia has put forth some solid performances overall of late, losing just one of their previous 11 games before their match on Monday.

Team News:

Bahrain’s Amine Benaddi is doubtful for this match after being stretchered off the pitch with an injury at half-time against the Koreans.

Two changes were made to the Bahrain starting 11 on Monday from the side that began their friendly against Australia.

Abdullah Al-Hashsash had the only goal for Bahrain on matchday one of this tournament, just the second of his international career.

Malaysia was missing Endrick in their opening encounter with an apparent leg injury, while La’Vere Corbin-Ong played the full 90 minutes despite previously suffering from a similar issue.

Captain Matthew Davies can reach the half-century mark for international caps if he plays in their final two group fixtures, Akhyar Rashid is three away from reaching that same mark, while Romel Morales made his first appearance for the senior side on Monday.

Possible Lineups:

Bahrain possible starting lineup: (4-4-2)

Lutfalla;

Adel, Baqer, Al Hayam, Ali;

Khelaif, Al-Hardan, Atede, Marhoon;

Helal, Al-Humaidan

Malaysia possible starting lineup: (3-4-3)

Hazmi;

Davies, Eldstal, Cools;

Saad, Fazail, Wilkin, Sumareh;

Rasid, Lok, Morales

Prediction: Bahrain 2-0 Malaysia

Bahrain has the upper hand going into this fixture as they have won their last three meetings with Malaysia, and Malaysia looks vulnerable on the back end. We predict Bahrain to win this game comfortably, with a scoreline of 2-0.

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