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FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Kuwait vs Qatar: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :March 24, 2024 at 6:32 PM
Modified at :March 24, 2024 at 6:32 PM
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Novojyoti Bhattacharjee


Qatar remain the only unbeaten side in their FIFA World Cup Qualifiers group and are the favourites to advance.

Kuwait have not enjoyed much success in the group so far, languishing in third place with three points. After losing to India and Qatar, Kuwait face a tough task to turn the table. They have only one win from their last three outings, beating Afghanistan by a scoreline of 0-4 in the second match. Kuwait are lacking confidence at the moment, so winning this match could provide them with much-needed inspiration.

Currently, Qatar are unbeaten for the past 10 matches and are one of the favorite teams to qualify for the World Cup 2026. As the reigning Asian champions, they have been in tremendous form with a high level of confidence. So far, Qatar have scored 14 goals in three matches while conceding just one. So far, Qatar have won by heavy margins, defeating Kuwait by 3-0 in the last match. They are still strong favorites to finish first in the group. 

Kick-Off:

Wed, 27 March at 12:30 AM IST

Location- Sabah Al Salem Stadium

Form:

Kuwait (in all competitions): L-L-W-L-D

Qatar (in all competitions): W-W-W-D-W

Player to Watch

Shabaib Al Khaldi (Kuwait) 

In the last few years, Shabaib Al Khaldi has become an integral part of the Kuwait National team after scoring many crucial goals. He has so far scored two goals and missed the last match for Kuwait. As a link between defence and attack, he has been known for his creativity and ability to score crucial goals from midfield. 

Akram Afif (Qatar) 

After scoring a hat-trick in the final match to help Qatar win the Asian Cup, Akram Afif has emerged as one of Qatar’s key players. Known for his dribbling skills and pace, he scored a brace in his last match against the same opponent. He will aim to play another key role in the nation’s push for a World Cup spot as he has been in impressive form. 

Match Facts

  • Kuwait lost to Qatar in the last match by 3-0
  • Qatar have won all the matches so far in the group
  • Qatar have won the last three matches against Kuwait

Injury and Team News

Having all the players available for selection will be a big boost for Kuwait heading into this crucial game.

In this match, Qatar will have all the players available for selection but might make a few changes.

Head-to-Head 

Total Matches- 4

Kuwait- 1

Qatar- 3

Draw- 0

Predicted Lineup

Kuwait (4-1-4-1):

Abdulghafoor; Dousari, Hajiah, Enezi, Bormeya; Jabarah; Rashedi, Saleh, Daham, Khaldi; Nasser

Qatar (4-2-3-1):

Barsham; Marafee, Salman, Mendes, Waad; Gaber, Fathi; Abdurisag, Mejaba, Afif; Ali

Match Prediction for Kuwait vs Qatar in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

As a home team, Kuwait will have a hard time containing Qatar, who look unstoppable at the moment. Qatar will certainly fancy their chances against Kuwait, after they tormented them in their last match. 

Prediction: Kuwait 0-2 Qatar

Telecast for Kuwait vs Qatar in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

India- N/A

Qatar- beIN SPORTS

Kuwait- KTV Sport

Nigeria- N/A

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