The AFC Asian Cup is the continental championship for Asia’s top national football teams. Australia enter the 2019 tournament as defending champions, but can they retain the title in the UAE? Find out how and where to get the best match odds, outright markets and more.
Best bookmakers for Asian Cup odds
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Top markets for Asian Cup betting
The best soccer betting sites have a wide array of matchday markets for the Asian Cup. Popular options include:
- Match betting
- Handicap betting
- Correct score
- Total goals
- First goalscorer
Online bookies also have a number of future bets on offer, such as:
- Outright winner
- To make the final
- Group betting
- Player of the tournament
- Top tournament goalscorer
Sign up and log in at one of our featured Asian Cup betting sites to see the complete range of markets available.
2019 Asian Cup outright odds
While former winners Australia, Japan and South Korea are rightly at the top end of the major Asian Cup betting markets, it is Iran who lead the way after an impressive showing in a tough group at last year’s FIFA World Cup. Saudi Arabia also have a rich history in this competition, but it is shaping up as a shootout between the top four nations.
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Group betting for Asian Cup 2019
While only a handful of teams are genuine candidates in the outright betting, the group markets are a different matter altogether. Some sections are stronger than others and there is always the chance of an upset or two in the early stages of the tournament.
It seems highly unlikely that the winner will come from Group A. It is hard to get a decent read on the UAE, seeing as they didn’t have to go through qualifying, but the hosts are short-priced favourites for good reason.
Despite injury concerns leading into the competition, it is no surprise to see the Socceroos at short odds to top Group B. Syria, who won many admirers in qualifying, are the best bet to join the Aussies in the knockout rounds.
Led by English Premier League star Son Heung-min, the Koreans are absolute bankers to progress from Group C. With Philippines goalkeeper Neil Etheridge set to miss the tournament, it looks like China will also go through.
At last, we arrive at a group with a bit of something about it. Many online bookies have Iran pegged as title favourites, but Iraq – the Cinderella story of 2007 – will give them a fair run for top spot.
Japan will top the group at a canter, while Uzbekistan should have enough clout to reach the knockout phase. Turkmenistan are a non-factor, but there is some value about Oman to sneak into second place.
Saudi Arabia are well backed to finish top of the pile, and fair enough too. For Qatar, failure to advance from the group phase would be a massive embarrassment as the nation prepares to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Asian Cup stats and records
- 2015 – Australia
2011 – Japan
2007 – Iraq
2004 – Japan
2000 – Japan
1996 – Saudi Arabia
1992 – Japan
1988 – Saudi Arabia
1984 – Saudi Arabia
1980 – Kuwait
1976 – Iran
1972 – Iran
1968 – Iran
1964 – Israel
1960 – South Korea
1956 – South Korea
- Most titles
Japan – 4
Most top-two finishes
Saudi Arabia, South Korea – 6
Most top-four finishes
South Korea – 10
Iran – 129
Iran, South Korea – 14
- Most tournaments
Ignatiy Nesterov (Uzbekistan) – 5
Most goals overall
Ali Daei (Iran) – 14
Most goals in a tournament
Ali Daei (Iran) – 8
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