A thrilling encounter awaits as Jordan and Bahrain face off at Khalifa International Stadium in a crucial Asian Cup match.
Both teams are vying for a guaranteed place in the last 16 of the tournament. The winner of this clash will secure not only a spot in the knockout stage but also the top position in their group.
Jordan came tantalizingly close to a historic victory against South Korea in their previous match. However, an own-goal in stoppage time denied them the win.
Despite the setback, Jordan showcased their resilience by coming back from behind, a feat they had not achieved in the Asian Cup since 2011.
A victory in this match would mark their second consecutive appearance in the last 16 and cement their status as group leaders.
Bahrain, on the other hand, secured a hard-fought triumph against Malaysia in their last outing. With that victory, they ensured at least a third-place finish in their group and a chance to progress to the knockout stage.
A win against Jordan would not only guarantee their passage to the last 16 for the second consecutive time but also propel them to the top of their group.
Jordan has had a mixed run of form, with one defeat in their last four matches. They suffered a heavy loss to Japan but bounced back with a victory in their most recent outing.
The Jordanians have a strong record in the Asian Cup, never losing a match when scoring multiple goals.
Bahrain’s recent form has been inconsistent, with one win and one loss in their last two matches. They have shown resilience when scoring first but struggled when conceding the opening goal.
Their encounters with Jordan have been closely contested, with the past seven matches decided by a goal or fewer.
In their previous match, Jordan made one change to their starting lineup, with Rajaei Ayed replacing Noor Al-Rawabdeh.
Manager Hussein Ammouta introduced three new players as substitutes, namely Ibrahim Sadeh, Anas Al-Awadat, and Fadi Awad.
The team will rely on the scoring prowess of key players like Yazan Al-Naimat and Layla to secure a crucial victory.
Bahrain faced a setback as defender Amine Benaddi was injured in their opening fixture against South Korea. Sayed Baqer replaced him in the defense for their second match.
Ali Hassan Isa and Abdullah Al-Khalasi also made their first appearances from the substitutes’ bench. Ali Madan, who scored the winning goal in the previous match, will be a key player to watch for Bahrain.
Nasib, Al-Arab, Al-Ajalin;
Haddad, Sadeh, Ayed, Al-Mardi;
Al-Taamari, Al-Naimat, Olwan
Adel, Baqer, Al Hayam, Ali;
Madan, Helal, Marhoon;
Prediction: Jordan 1-1 Bahrain
With both teams evenly matched, this encounter could go either way. We anticipate a tightly contested match where neither team manages to find a decisive breakthrough.