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AFC Asian Cup 2023 Group B Preview: Team News, Lineups and Prediction

In this article, we take a look at the AFC Asian Cup 2023 Group B and review the most important news and information regarding the teams in the group.

Teams in Group B AFC Asian Cup 2023 include Australia, India, Syria, and Uzbekistan. This is the most challenging group in the tournament. How is the lineup of these four teams? Who are their key players? Which players are injured on these sides? What are the predictions about the expected performance of these teams in the tournament? How far can the teams in this group go?

Stay tuned as we answer these questions.

AFC Asian Cup 2023 Group B

AFC Asian Cup 2023 Group B
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24 teams are present in the 2023 AFC Asian Cup. Of these, 16 will advance to the knockout stage. In addition to the top two teams of each group, four of the third teams will also go to the elimination round.

Prediction of Group B advancers in AFC Asian Cup 2023 says Australia will most likely be qualifying. Uzbekistan and Syria are the second and third chances of qualifying from this group. India is the underdog side of the group.

Let’s take a look at the AFC Asian Cup 2023 Group B teams and review their lineups.

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Australia

AFC Asian Cup 2023 Group B
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Australia is one of the main contenders in the 2023 AFC Asian Cup. They have always had good players, and in terms of squad depth, they have a long gap with other AFC Asian Cup 2023 Group B teams. The prediction of qualified teams for the Round of 16 says that Australia will be there for nearly one hundred percent.

Australia has the strongest squad among the lineups of Group B teams in the AFC Asian Cup 2023. Most of their players play in the European leagues. Graham Arnold brought these 26 players to Qatar:

Goalkeepers:
Mathew Ryan – Lawrence Thomas – Joe Gauci

Defenders:
Thomas Deng – Nathaniel Atkinson – Kye Rowles – Jordan Bos – Aziz Behich – Harry Souttar – Lewis Miller – Cameron Burgess – Gethin Jones

Midfielders:
Connor Metcalfe – Aiden O’Neill – Riley McGree – Keanu Baccus – Jackson Irvine – Patrick Yazbek

Forwards:
Martin Boyle – Samuel Silvera – Bruno Fornaroli – Kusini Yengi – Marco Tilio – Mitchel Duke – Craig Goodwin – John Iredale

Head Coach: Graham Arnold

Jackson Irvine is a very crucial player for Australia. He will play in all matches in Qatar, for sure. Irvine runs the midfield for Graham Arnold.

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Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan
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According to news of teams in the AFC Asian Cup 2023, Husniddin Aliqulov cannot accompany his team due to an injury. Aliqulov was replaced by Shokhboz Umarov on 11 January. The complete list of Uzbekistan players in the 2023 AFC Asian Cup is as follows:

Goalkeepers:
Utkir Yusupov – Abduvohid Nematov – Botirali Ergashev

Defenders:
Mukhammadkodir Khamraliev – Khojiakbar Alijonov – Farrukh Sayfiev – Rustam Ashurmatov – Sherzod Nasrullaev – Umar Eshmurodov – Abdulla Abdullaev – Abdukodir Khusanov – Zafarmurod Abdurakhmatov

Midfielders:
Diyor Kholmatov – Otabek Shukurov – Jamshid Iskanderov – Odiljon Hamrobekov – Jaloliddin Masharipov – Oston Urunov – Jamshid Boltaboev – Azizbek Turgunboev – Khojimat Erkinov – Abbosbek Fayzullaev – Shokhboz Umarov

Forwards:
Bobur Abdikholikov – Igor Sergeyev – Azizbek Amonov

Head Coach: Srecko Katanec

Otabek Shukurov is the best player in this Uzbekistan side. He’s a midfielder and wears the number 7 jersey.

Group B of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 is the death group of the tournament. Uzbekistan will never have an easy job to qualify from this group.

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Syria

Syria
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Guess who the head coach of Syria is in this tournament? The great Argentine coach Hector Cuper became the runner-up of the Champions League and Serie A with Valencia and Inter Milan in the early 2000s. Cuper has picked these 26 players for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup:

Goalkeepers:
Ibrahim Alma – Ahmad Madania – Taha Mosa – Maksim Sarraf

Defenders:
Aiham Ousou – Moayad Ajan – Omar Midani – Amro Jenyat – Thaer Krouma – Khaled Kurdaghli – Muayad Al Khouli – Abdul Rahman Weiss

Midfielders:
Ezequiel Ham – Kamel Hmeisheh – Mohammad Al Marmour – Ammar Ramadan – Mouhamad Anez – Elmar Abraham – Fahd Youssef – Jalil Elias – Ibrahim Hesar

Forwards:
Omar Khribin – Alaa Al Dali – Pablo Sabbag – Antonio Yakoub – Mahmoud Al Aswad

Head Coach: Hector Cuper

Since even the third teams of the groups have a chance to qualify, Syria has a high chance to advance from the AFC Asian Cup 2023 Group B.

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India

India
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India is the weakest side in the AFC Asian Cup 2023 Group B. Advancing to the knockout stage could be a great achievement for Igor Stimac’s side.

They have come to Qatar with these men:

Goalkeepers:
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu – Vishal Kaith – Amrinder Singh

Defenders:
Rahul Bheke – Subhasish Bose – Lalchungnunga – Sandesh Jhingan – Akash Mishra – Pritam Kotal – Nikhil Poojary – Mehtab Singh

Midfielders:
Anirudh Thapa – Suresh Singh Wangjam – Brandon Fernandes – Liston Colaco – Naorem Mahesh Singh – Udanta Singh Kumam – Rahul Kannoly Praveen – Lallianzuala Chhangte – Sahal Abdul Samad – Lalengmawia Ralte – Deepak Tangri

Forwards:
Manvir Singh – Sunil Chhetri – Vikram Partap Singh – Ishan Pandita

Head Coach: Igor Stimac

Predictions consider the slightest chance for India in the AFC Asian Cup 2023 Group B preview.

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Fixtures of the Group

AFC Asian Cup 2023 Group B
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Here are the dates for the six matches of AFC Asian Cup 2023 Group B:

Australia vs India / 13 January
Uzbekistan vs Syria / 13 January

Syria vs Australia / 18 January
India vs Uzbekistan / 18 January

Australia vs Uzbekistan / 23 January
Syria vs India / 23 January

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Steve Reyne
Steve Reyne
He is a senior writer and journalist. He's interested in the history of the game and his focus is on the Premier League.
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