2015 Asian Football Confederation Cup Betting Preview

SHARE

The 2015 Asian Football Confederation Cup represents one of the first major international football tournaments since the conclusion of the World Cup this past summer. The tournament, which is currently being held in Australia, represents a chance for certain sides to build on their showing at the World Cup, while others can redeem themselves from a poor showing in Brazil and start to build momentum for qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Favourites

Japan

The Samurai Blues have been the most successful team in the history of this tournament, having won the AFC Cup four times, including the last time the tournament was held in 2011. Japan is the overall favourite to win the tournament according to the major online books, going off at 15/8, but is coming off a poor showing at the World Cup. Japan is a notoriously high-scoring side with a freewheeling style, which is why Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda are the top two picks for the tournament's top goal scorer. With the Samurai Blues' open style, over bets on goals could be a good wager on Japan matches.

Australia

The Socceroos are not only the hosts of the Cup, but they also have one of the best goal scorers in the tournament in Tim Cahill. The Aussies are second behind the Japanese on Bet365 Sports to win the tournament at 9/4. Although they didn't win a match in the last World Cup, the Socceroos will have the benefit of the home crowd along with an entertaining style of play. They are in the same group with a quality South Korea side, so they might have a tough first knockout-round matchup if they fall to the South Koreans in group play.

Sleeper Teams

Iran

The Asian Cup has been a tournament that has seen upstarts win in the past, with Iraq coming out of nowhere to win the title in 2007. While Iran isn't that far off the radar, Team Melli, which is going off anywhere from 11/2 to 13/2 on various online books, isn't a bad team to get behind. The Iranians play a defencive, counterattacking style that frustrated Nigeria and Argentina in the World Cup, as it took a beautiful goal by Lionel Messi in stoppage time for Argentina to emerge victorious against the Iranians. Expect suffocating defencive football and low scores when Iran plays.

China PR

While the Chinese don't have the football history of neighbouring Japan and South Korea, this tournament could help propel Team Dragon into the World Cup 2018 conversation. The Chinese struggled in World Cup 2014 qualifying after some quality friendlies before qualifying-round play, so this tournament could be what they need to gain some momentum. China is going from 10/1 to 14/1 to win the Cup and has a nice setup in Group B, as it is placed with a weaker-than-normal Saudi Arabia side, Uzbekistan and North Korea. If China gets a good draw in the knockout stage, it could be a sleeper.

Betting Options

The 2015 AFCA Cup runs through the end of January, with the championship match being played January 31 in Sydney. Until then, though, there are plenty of online sports betting options for the wagering supporter; visiting these websites allows you to scour the fixtures, where you can make money-line bets on winners or draws along with over-under goal bets and in-play betting on individual matches in group and knockout play. Futures bets on group champions, tournament champions, and championship-match qualifiers, along with the highest goalscorers and more, can also be wagered on.

Recommended Betting Sites

Betting Strategy Articles


Experts Pick Which US Grand Prix Odds to Target in 2017
Experts Pick Which US Grand Prix Odds to Target in 2017

After months of hard-fought battles on the track and in the pits, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes can claim both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships this weekend in Texas at US Grand Prix with th ... Read More

Find All the Best WTA Finals Betting Odds for 2017
Find All the Best WTA Finals Betting Odds for 2017

The race for the WTA Finals title gets under way on October 22, but even before the action begins there’s been something of an upset. Despite holding on to a qualification place earlier in the season, ... Read More

MLB Playoffs 2017 are Jam-Packed with Outright Value Bets
MLB Playoffs 2017 are Jam-Packed with Outright Value Bets

Now that the one-game Wild Card playoffs are over, the Wild Card 5-game series are set to kick off the "real" MLB playoffs. With so much parody among this year's playoff teams, the outright betting ma ... Read More

Super League Grand Final Odds Leaning Towards Gale’s Glory
Super League Grand Final Odds Leaning Towards Gale’s Glory

It’s first versus second as top of the table Castleford Tigers take on the Leeds Rhinos in the Super League Grand Final. With Luke Gale recently securing this year's 'Man of Steel' Award, bookies are ... Read More

Japanese Grand Prix 2017 Has F1 Bettors Salivating at Odds
Japanese Grand Prix 2017 Has F1 Bettors Salivating at Odds

Formula One punters turn their attention to Japan at the weekend, as the drivers get set to race at Suzuka International Racing Course on 8 October. The race follows on from a tense Grand Prix betting ... Read More

UFC 216 Betting Market Offering Odds Punters Cannot Miss
UFC 216 Betting Market Offering Odds Punters Cannot Miss

The build up to any UFC fight is normally full of drama and this upcoming Heavyweight Championship bout between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee is no exception. Read on to find out why those looking to be ... Read More

Betting Navigation

Newsletter

Sign up for the free Gambling.com Newsletter to stay on top of all the best bonuses!
We will never share or misuse your personal information. Privacy Policy

Latest Betting Strategy

BettingGuides

Country Guide