Asian Cup 2019 odds
Who wins the 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 FIFA Confederation Cup. It is the second oldest continental football championship in the world after Copa América. Since it was first held in 1956, Japan has been the most successful team in the tournament as they won 4 times.
The 2019 AFC Asian Cup will be the 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup. The United Arab Emirates will host the tournament. It will be the second time that the United Arab Emirates hosts the tournament after 1996. The tournament will start in January of 2019 and end in early February. This edition will be the first time that 24 teams will participate in the finals instead of 16. There will be six groups in the 2019 edition instead of four. Australia is the defending champions going into the tournament as they won the 2015 edition of Asian Cup. Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Yemen will make their first appearance in an Asian Cup finals.
The favorites to win the AFC Asian Cup 2019 are:
Japan is always one of the top favorites to win the Asian Cup in the recent years. They were very disappointed after being knocked out in Quarter Finals in the last edition. But they did win the championship in 2011 edition. Japan has a fantastic record of winning 4 championships in the last 7 editions. Japan almost made their way into the Quarter Finals of the last World Cup but lost to Belgium in the Round of 16.
Iran was knocked out in the group stages of the World Cup even after a very praiseworthy performance. They will be very eager to win the Asian Cup for the 3rd time in their history. They haven't won an Asian Cup since 1976 but the team looks very strong to finally get the trophy back. Iran finished on the Quarter Finals in the last three editions of Asian Cup.
Republic of Korea (South Korea)
South Korea was knocked out from the World Cup after their first two matches in the group stage. But they finished their World Cup campaign after beating the former World Champion Germany 2-0. South Korea won the Asian Cup last time in 1960. But with the squad they possess, they are one of the favorites to win the Asian Cup 2019. South Korea reached at least the Semi-Finals in the last three Asian Cups and finished as the runner-up in the last edition.
The defending champions are also one of the favorites to win the Asian Cup back to back. They reached the final in the last two editions and could make it three in the next edition.