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FIFA World Cup 2018: Statistical Analysis Of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is making their return to the FIFA World Cup after missing out on the 2010 South Africa edition. The 67th ranked side in the world will be looking to cause upsets whenever they play.

World Cup History:

The Asian side is marking its sixth appearance at the World Cup. Apart from their first outing in the 1994 tournament in the USA where they reached the Round of 16, the country has always been ousted from the group-stage itself.

However, under the tutelage of Copa America winning coach in Juan Antonio Pizzi, the country has a potential of winning games.

Also, they have one of the joint top-scorer in the qualification stage with the dynamic 31-year-old forward Mohammad Al-Sahlawi.

Saudi Arabia is clubbed in Group A with Egypt, Uruguay, and Russia.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal).

Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal).

Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad).

Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli).

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Saudi Arabia National Football Team Squad. Photo Courtesy: Al Bawaba

Probable Playing XI:

Al Mosailem, Osama Hawsawi (C), Omar Hawsawi, Al Berik, Al Shahrani, Al-Faraj, Otayf, Al-Shehri, Al-Jassim, Al-Dawsari, Al-Sahlawi

Key Players:

Mohammad Al Sahlawi, Yahya Al Shehri, Osama Hawsawi

Interesting Tidbit:

The team made four consecutive FIFA World Cup appearances from 1994-2006 becoming one of the only few Asian sides with that level of consistency.

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Saudi Arabia’s Sami Al Jaber celebrates at the FIFA World Cup 2006. Photo Courtesy: FIFA.com

Probability of winning the World Cup:

Bet 365: 1000/1

Skybet: 5000/1

Betfair: 500/1

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