Preview: Friendly Match Between Mongolia and Cambodia

Sports Mole previews the upcoming friendly clash between Mongolia and Cambodia, providing predictions, team news, and possible lineups.

Mongolia is set to host Cambodia at the MFF Football Centre in their first home fixture of 2024. This will be the second friendly match between these two teams in the past few days, with Cambodia emerging victorious in their previous encounter with a 2-0 win.

Match Preview
Mongolia is gearing up for their Asian Cup qualification playoff with Timor-Leste in a few months and is in dire need of a confidence boost. The team, managed by Ichiro Otsuka, has been on a nine-match winless streak, losing their last six international matches. Their last home game at the MFF Football Stadium was in October, where they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Afghanistan in the 2026 World Cup qualifying match.

Cambodia, on the other hand, secured a much-needed victory last week, ending a four-match losing streak. They now have the opportunity to win consecutive matches on the international stage for the first time since October 2021. The team, led by Felix Dalmas, last won an away match back in October 2021 in an Asian Cup playoff against Guam.

Team News
Dolgoon Amaraa was the sole Mongolian player to start in their previous match against Tanzania and is expected to feature in the starting lineup again. Tumen-Ulzii Sodbilguun, Tsetsegmaa Bilguun, and Arvinbat Mendbayar are still vying for their first caps with the national team.

Thierry Bin could earn his 50th cap for Cambodia in this match, while Sin Sophanat and Lim Pisoth are also reaching milestones in their international appearances. Sa Ty and Yudai Ogawa scored their first goals in the previous match against Mongolia, while Nick Taylor missed a penalty opportunity.

Possible Lineups
Mongolia: Mendbayar; Amaraa, Chinzorig, Orkhon, Gerelt-Od, Amgalanbat; Khurelbaatar, Erdenbat; Batmonkh, Ganbold, Sodmonkh
Cambodia: Kimhuy; Krya, Bunchhai, Chandara, Socheavila; Muslim, Bin, Lyhour, Taylor; Chantea, Pisoth

We predict a close match between Mongolia and Cambodia, with a potential scoreline of 0-0. Both teams will be looking to secure a positive result as they prepare for upcoming competitions.

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