North Korea and Lebanon face at Kim Il Sung Stadium, in a match for this stage of the WC Qualification Asia (2nd Round). The recent head‑to‑head record favours the away team, since they have a record of 2 wins and 1 draw in the last 3 matches. The last head‑to‑head between these two teams was played on 17‑01‑2019, and ended in a (4‑1) win by Lebanon. In this match the home advantage may play an important role, as both teams present significant differences between home and away performances.
Korea DPR VS Lebanon
05 September 2019 – 09:30
WC Qualification Asia
2nd Round – Group H – Round 1
Analysis of North Korea
The home team makes its debut in this competition, since they had direct access and didn’t have to go through any of the previous rounds. This is a team that is often stronger at home, with the help of its supporters, so they usually make good use of the home advantage, since in the last 30 matches they register 2 wins, 5 draws and 8 losses in away matches; against 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. In their last match, for the Friendlies, they got an away loss against Uzbekistan by (4‑0). In the last 5 home matches North Korea has won 3 and lost 2. They haven’t been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches.
North Korea come to this match with low motivation after a defeat against Uzbekistan. Note that the North Koreans have lost the last 5 games in a row. Despite this negative phase, coach Jong-su Yun should line up his team in 4-4-2, in favor of maintaining possession and organized attacks: Kwang-Ryong Park is the great organizer of the offensive process. On the other hand, striker Kwang-Son Han is the great danger of this side, being a player of great quality in the finishing. The coach has all the players at his disposal.
Analysis of Lebanon
The away team had direct access to this group stage, so they will play their first match in this edition of the competition. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 8 goals scored and 14 conceded; against 7 wins, 6 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 28 goals scored and 12 conceded. In their last match, for the WAFF Championship, they got an away loss against Yemen by (2‑1). In the last 10 away matches Lebanon has won 3, tied 1 and lost 6. Defensive consistency hasn’t been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, and their offense hasn’t been one of their best features, as they haven’t scored any goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 8 of the last 10 matches have ended with Under 2,5 goals.
Lebanon arrive for this match with a 2-1 away loss to Yemen, registering their second straight game without winning in this competition. Note that the visitors have won just 2 of the last 10 games played in various competitions. Coach Liviu Ciobotariu should keep the team in 4-3-3, favoring the low middle block and the direct balls to the attack, especially for El-Helwe. On the other hand, Captain Hassam Maatouk is one of the most technically gifted. Apparently there are no weight absences for this game.