Football commentary U23 Vietnam vs U23 Thailand (22pm on June 2): Waiting for the ‘magic’ of new coach Gong Oh-kyun
U23 Vietnam and U23 Thailand will have a charming reunion right at the opening round of the U23 Asian Cup finals.
Pre-match comment: U23 Vietnam
U23 Vietnam had a perfect momentum ahead of the U23 Asian finals by winning the 31st SEA Games championship. Incidentally, in the final match of the last tournament, our opponent was also U23 Thailand.
After the SEA Games, Coach Park Hang-seo gave up the hot seat at the U23 team to his successor Gong Oh-kyun. This both brings challenges and opens up opportunities for the Gold Star Warriors. U23 Vietnam will enter the tournament with a new face, causing opponents to take more time to research.
The opening match against Thailand U23 is considered the most important confrontation, potentially deciding the ticket to play in the quarterfinals of coach Gong Oh-kyun’s team. Therefore, a victory is almost a must for U23 Vietnam to aim for further ambitions at the tournament.
Pre-match comment: U23 Thailand
After the defeat at SEA Games 31, Thailand U23 entered the U23 Asian Finals with many changes in personnel. They summon young players who are being trained in Europe with outstanding class and physical strength. However, this can also become a disadvantage because the above players do not have much time to get used to and bond with the team’s playstyle.
Entering the opening match against U23 Vietnam, Chien Chi is determined to win all 3 points to take advantage of the race to win tickets to the quarterfinals, and at the same time pay off the old debt at the SEA Games. However, the confrontation history does not favor Thailand U23 when in the last 5 encounters, they drew 1 and lost 4.
Expected lineups & score predictions
U23 Vietnam: Van Toan, Viet Anh, Thanh Binh, Tien Long, Tuan Tai, Van Do, Hoang Anh, Hai Long, Cong Den, Minh Binh, Manh Dung.
Thailand U23: Thuadsong, Wisetchat, Buaphan, Khemdee, Doloh, Suphanphat, Panya, Ben Davis, Numchansakul, Vadercher, Gustavsson.
Predict the score: U23 Vietnam 1-0 U23 Thailand