FIFA World Cup/AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers Jun 7, 2021 21:17:08 GMT 8
Post by cjeagle on Jun 7, 2021 21:17:08 GMT 8
The conditions might play a factor on how the game unfolds and a counterattacking strategy would help them conserve their energy. Because the Philippines needs to win tomorrow to advance in the WC qualifiers, I don't think they are going to park the bus but I believe they are going to employ a counterattacking strategy to help contain China's Brazilian reinforced roster while still providing them chances to score.
On the positive side they don't have to deal with a home China crowd rooting for their opponent anymore as originally scheduled. In fact if fans are allowed in the UAE match, the fans will likely be predominantly be in favor of the Philippines because of the expatriate Filipino workforce in the area.
I am bit concerned about the goaltenders they have in camp though since they are all brand new to the team and untested in international competition at the men's level especially since they haven't had a friendly in 2 years in order to test them. The reliable Birmingham FC starter Etheridge is not available this time due to injury so they will have to make do with what they have.
Seems like this will be close door game to avoid Covid spread...I couldn't find any tickets being sold online or any news regarding the game. Although sports activities are already allowed here in UAE for covid vaccinated spectators (2500pax limit). Wish the game will be held here in Dubai instead.
Unlike in Dubai, I think the bubble at Sharjiah Stadium was only started yesterday. Maybe they weren't ready to process and check for vaccinated spectators during that short interval.