Group C Asian Cup 2019 odds
Who will win the Asian Cup 2019 – Group C?
AFC Asian Cup 2019
The AFC Asian Cup is an international association football tournament run by the AFC. Where the winning team becomes the champions of Asia and qualifies for the 2021 FIFA Confederation Cup. The 2019 AFC Asian Cup will be the 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup. This edition will be the first time that 24 teams will participate in the finals instead of 16. The tournament will start on the 5th of January and end on February 1.
Group C consists of four teams including two-time Asian Cup winners South Korea. The other teams are- China PR, Kyrgyzstan, and Philippines.
Captain: Ki Sung-yueng
Head Coach: Kim Pan-gon (caretaker)
South Korea is one of the most dominant forces in Asia and historically they could be the most successful national team of the continent. South Korea has been a part of the last 9 FIFA World Cups consecutively and 10 in total which is more than any other team in Asia. They are the only Asian team to reach the Semi-Finals of a World Cup. But the last time South Korea won an Asian Cup was in 1960. Since then, they have failed to win one, but they reached at least the Semi-Finals in the last three editions of Asian Cup. South Korea is one of the top favorites to win the 2019 edition because they have arguably the current best player of Asia Son Heung-min. They are currently ranked 57th in the FIFA World Rankings.
Captain: Zheng Zhi
Head Coach: Marcello Lippi
The best moment for the Chinese National Team was to qualify for the FIFA World Cup of 2002. However, they failed to score a goal in the tournament. China finished as the runner-up twice in the Asian Cup but never was able to win the cup. In 2016, China hired the former Italy coach Marcello Lippi, who won the FIFA World Cup in 2006. The performance of the team improved greatly. China will be a team to look out for in the tournament. They are currently ranked 75th in the FIFA World Rankings.
Captain: Azamat Baymatov
Head Coach: Aleksandr Krestinin
Kyrgyzstan is a national team that has never been able to play in a FIFA World Cup. They were never able to qualify for an Asian Cup as well and this will be their first appearance. The team upped their FIFA rankings by winning all six matches they played from November 2017 to March 2018. They are currently ranked 92nd in the FIFA World Rankings.
Captain: Phil Younghusband
Head Coach: Scott Cooper (interim)
Philippines is one of the oldest national team in Asia. Despite playing at the international level since 1913, the team has never been able to qualify for a FIFA World Cup. They will be playing their first major tournament in the 2019 Asian Cup as this is the first time they have been able to qualify for the tournament. Their captain Phil Younghusband is the most-capped player and the top scorer for the country. They are currently ranked 115th in the FIFA World Rankings.