• Mon. Sep 27th, 2021

Singapore Pools will only pay $0.05 for every dollar, meaning the Lions have little or no chance against Uzbekistan.

Jun 7, 2021

The general feeling among Singapore football fans is that the Lions will succumb to Uzbekistan in their Group D World Cup qualifiers in Riyadh which will be played at 2am on 8 June.

The odds are stacked against Singapore even before a ball is kicked, literally. 

In fact, Singapore Pools, the legalised betting operator is offering just $0.05 cents to every dollar for an Uzbek victory (based on odds at 2.20pm on 7 June).

This is almost like the odds it would offer if Brazil played against Saudi Arabia. 

When the Lions last hosted Uzbekistan in October 2019, the White Wolves ran out 3-1 winners, with Ikhsan Fandi finding the net for Singapore.

Singapore coach Tatsuma Yoshida has also conceded that the match will be tough. 

“It will be a very tough game, a difficult game but we want to try to do something (positive) and we want to get points.

“We have to change our mindset for the match.

“Everyone knows Uzbekistan is one of the best teams in Asia and we are just challengers.

“The players must be hungry (to do more).

“Maybe they have some regrets (about not showing what they can do) in the previous match and I hope to see them show their 100 per cent and full potential (this time).”

It is widely expected that Tatsuma will bring about some changes in the side to come up against Uzbekistan, who are second in the group behind Saudi Arabia, especially after the 4-0 debacle against Palestine.

But still, it is not going to be enough to get any points off the Uzbeks, who are among Asia’s powerhouses. 

Photos: AFC, FAS

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