Vietnam, Indonesia, meets in a decider match

Vietnam, Indonesia, meets in a decider match

With Vietnam and Indonesia drawing the first leg of their semi-finals, these two teams are now ready to meet in a match which will decide their fate in the contest. During the first leg of their semis, Vietnam and Indonesia had a 0-0 draw, the two teams showed amazing defense. Winners of this match will advance to the Finals of the AFF Championship, the goal of any teams in the contest. These two teams will meet on January 9, 2022, at 8:30 PM (GMT+8), with Vietnam as hosts.

Vietnam and Indonesia locked horns for 26 times already, prior to this match, including the first leg of their semis match. From those meeting, Vietnam is only ahead of one win from Indonesia, winning eight against Indonesia’s seven. The remaining 11 matches on the other hand, remains to be a draw. These two teams are actually coming from this match with a very good momentum. The hosts are unbeaten in their last nine matches, while the visitors are unbeaten in their eight matches. However, the visitor’s last win against the hosts is way back 2016, on the same contest. Expect a clash between these two teams for this match, as this is their last chance of entering the Finals.

Vietnam

AFF Championship: Vietnam
Photo courtesy of Nguyen Khanh

For the past six games these two teams played, they have yet to experience a loss, winning four, and drawing two. In fact, they have been doing well at home, as their last home game ended in a dominating win. That match is against Myanmar in January 3, where they won in a 3-0 victory. From their last five games, three of those matches produced an average of 2.5 goals, with their opponent being scoreless. On those last five matches, Vietnam was able to keep a clean sheet. Additionally, this team surely knows how to make use of their homecourt advantage. They know the importance of having the home crowd at their backs, an advantage they are hoping to make use in this match as well.

Indonesia

AFF Championship: Indonesia
Photo courtesy of AP Photo

Coming into this game, the Indonesians have one goal in mind-to reach their second straight Finals in the contest. Although their last win against Vietnam was almost seven years ago, they remain to be hopeful that they could win in this match. After all, they are an unbeaten team in their last eight matches, so they are holding on their chances. Moreover, in their last 10 games, they managed to keep three clean sheets. This just proves that Indonesia is a capable team to upset anyone in the tournament. Although this team has the road disadvantage, they managed to show many times that playing in the road is not a disadvantage for them.

Prediction:

Vietnam (1.0)
Odds: -0.94

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