Philippines, Lebanon to face-off for FIBA World Cup qualifiers

Philippines, Lebanon to face-off for FIBA World Cup qualifiers

It will be a battle of two of Asia’s most hottest team on August 26, 2022, at 2:00 AM (GMT+8) as the Philippines meet Lebanon for FIBA World Cup qualifiers. The Philippines came prepared for this year’s FIBA World Cup qualifiers as they managed to get big names and star power into their team. On the other hand, expect Lebanon to go all-out for this match as they have the home crowd advantage.

As both teams going back to zero for the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, none has the advantage going into this game. However, out of the three meet-ups of these two teams for the last seven years, Lebanon won two of those. During their last meeting in the Asian Cup, Lebanon had a quite a huge edge against the Philippines. However, now is different as Philippines was able to bring huge names for their line-up.

Philippines

FIBA World Cup qualifiers: Philippines
Photo courtesy of Manila Bulletin

The Philippines will parade its one of the stronger roster in years with NBA’s sixth man of the year, Jordan Clarkson in its lineup. However, although Clarkson will participate in this tournament, it does not guarantee a sure spot for the Philippines. As the Philippines will face a very dangerous Lebanese team, expect that this team will give their best. Professional players and international players are participating for the Philippines. With that, expect a very different performance from what they had during the FIBA Asia Cup.

Jordan Clarkson, and Kai Sotto will lead the Philippines. But with Scottie Thompson, Japeth Aguilar, and Kiefer Raven with the team, expect a more athletic Philippines. Defense will also be a lot better as Chris Newsome, Thirdy Ravena, and the others will make it hard for the Lebanese team.

Lebanon

FIBA World Cup qualifiers: Lebanon
Photo courtesy of FIBA

Lebanon is known for being clutch during their games, but they fell short during the FIBA Asia Cup that drops them to the qualifiers. They were actually close in winning the FIBA Asia Cup but they lost to Australia in the finals by two points. However, a significant progress was seen to the Lebanese team. A progress that made them more scary and more dangerous not just for the Philippines, but also to other countries. During the FIBA Asia Cup, they showed a lot of clutch games especially during the knockout stage.

Lebanon’s stellar and impressive games is because of Wael Arakji’s leadership. He is expected to lead his country until qualifying for the FIBA World Cup. Experience is Lebanon’s edge against the Philippines, however, things may be tough for them this time.

Prediction:

Philippines (3.0)
Odds: 0.83

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