The four-time champions Japan coached by Hajime Moriyasu won all three group matches to progress to the Round of 16 of the continental championship while Saudi Arabia reached the knockout stages after collecting six points from three matches.
Japan and Saudi Arabia are all set to clash at the AFC Asian Cup 2019 round of 16 in a crunch game for both sides.
Both managers know just how important this tie is, and will be keen to play their best sides heading into this one. Here are the sides that could line up in this game.
After having cruised through Group F with three wins, Japan will face their toughest test so far in the form of Saudi Arabia but Moriyasu believes his team are ready.
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Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men have shown how effective they can be on counter-attacks but Moriyasu said he isn’t worried about that aspect of Saudi Arabia’s game.
Saudi Arabia head coach Pizzi expressed his admiration for the Samurai Blue but said his players will be able to cope with Japan.
Pizzi said Saudi Arabia are motivated to add to their three AFC Asian Cup titles, the last of which was won in 1996 in the UAE.
The Samurai Blue haven’t impressed the fans but have still managed to make it through to the knockout stages without losing a single game.
Their passage was secure on Match Day 2 of the competition when they narrowly beat Oman by one goal to nil to qualify for the Round-of-16.
The Samurai Blue have won three out of three so far, but there are still some questions over their ability to be dominant in matches.
The fitness of Yuya Osako could be another issue heading into this game, so coach Moriyasu has some thinking to do.
This could be the side that plays today:
Juan Pizzi will be going for the win tonight, but he has called this game a matter of life and death. Saudi Arabia were one of the favorites, but face a tough ask against Japan.
With their attacking flair stifled in the final group game, the Green Falcons know they need to get their act together if they want to reach the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup.
This is how they could line up for this particular game:
The two now go head-to-head in what will be an eliminator, with one team moving on and one going home.
TV channel and live stream online coverage
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Premier League and Main Event channels, and is available via Now TV with a day pass on offer for £7.99. Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app.