Bahrain – Kuwait SOCCER PICKS
Kuwait and Bahrain meet at Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, in a friendly match. This will be the 8th of the year for Kuwait, after the previous ones against Australia, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Palestine, Cameroon and Jordan. In the case of Bahrain, this is their 6th friendly match of the year, after having already faced Myanmar, Syria, China PR, the Philippines and Palestine. There is only record of 1 recent direct match between these two teams, on 12-18-2017, which ended with a draw by (0-0). In this match the home factor may be decisive, as Kuwait presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
This is the 8th friendly match of the year for the home team, after previous friendlies in which they recorded the following results: Kuwait (0-4) Australia, Kuwait (1-0) Lebanon, Kuwait (2-2) Iraq, Kuwait (1-1) Egypt, Kuwait (2-0) Palestine, Kuwait (1-3) Cameroon and Jordan (1-0) Kuwait. This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 5 draws and 6 losses in away matches, with 13 goals scored and 21 conceded; against 3 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses at their stadium, with 17 goals scored and 23 conceded. In the last 6 home matches for the Friendlies, Kuwait have won 2, tied 2 and lost 2. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 5 of the last 7 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 5 of the last 7 matches for this competition.
The Kuwait party for this game with a defeat to Australia, by 0-4, placing a final point to the four games in a row without losing in friendly games. We recall the recent victories of Kuwait against Lebanon and Palestine. Midfielder Fahed Al-Ansari, a player who makes pass quality his best weapon, being very competent in the offensive process. On the other hand, striker Al Mutwa is the one that presents more quality in the most advanced zone of the terrain. Apparently, coach Romeo Jozak has all his players.
The visiting team disputes its 6th friendly of the year. In the previous friendlies it registered the following scores: Bahrain (4-1) Myanmar, Bahrain (0-1) Syria, Bahrain (0-0) PR China, Bahrain (1-1) Philippines and Bahrain (0-0) Palestine. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses in away matches; against 3 wins, 10 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, Bahrain won 3, drew 3 and lost 4.
For this competition, they have not won any of the last 4 matches.
Barém enters this game motivated, after a victory against Myanmar, 4-1, returning to the triumphs after four straight games without winning. Analyzing the last matches, the selection of Barém usually opt for a line of four defenses, five midfielders and one striker. The most offensive reference of the Barém is usually Yusuf, a very strong and competent player in the finalization. So, against a rival of similar competition, we believe that the visiting team will adopt a more daring strategy, with the aim of trying to take advantage of the mistakes of the opponent. Coach Miroslav Soukup can count on the usual players.