Mongolia vs Philippines prediction, preview, team news & more
Mongolia take on the Philippines on Saturday at the MFF Football Center in their capital, Ulaanbaatar, for a Group B clash of the 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers.
The Blues Wolves got their campaign off to a bad start after losing 1-0 to Palestine earlier in the week.
An 85th-minute penalty from Mohammed Dabbagh settled the game as Munkh-Orgil Orkhon was ruled for handling the ball inside the box.
Palestine, meanwhile, were kept in a scoreless stalemate by Yemen as Thomas Dooley’s second term in charge of the team began on a frustrating note in a game of few chances.
Mongolia vs Philippines head to head
Mongolia and the Philippines have met only twice in history – both in two friendlies in 2011, spread out just a month apart.
The Philippines won the opener in February 2-0, but Mongolia got their revenge a month later with a 2-1 win.
Mongolia form guide (all competitions): LDLWL
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Mongolia vs Philippines Team News
Head coach Ichiro Otsuka could ring in the changes after a largely toothless display in their 1-0 loss to Palestine on Wednesday.
A tactical return to a 4-3-3 formation is a possibility, with Nyam-Osor Naranbold leading as a striker after coming off the bench last time out.
The Street Dogs were frustrated with their draw against Yemen but could still play the same starting XI on Saturday, barring a change or two in attack.
Bienvenido Marañón, who has four goals in seven international appearances, could start alongside Mark Hartmann.
Mongolia vs Philippines XI scheduled
Mongolia (4-3-3): Monkh-Erdene Enkhtaivan; Oyuntuya Oyunbold, Davaadelger Oktyabri, Mönkh-Orgil Orkhon, Tuvshinjargal Dulguun; Oyunbaatar Otgonbayar, Tsend-Ayuush Khürelbaatar, Baljinnyam Batbold; Tumur-Ochir Tserendovdon, Nyam-Osor Naranbold, Ganbold Ganbayar.
The Philippines (3-4-1-2): Neil Etheridge; Oliver Bias, Amani Aguinaldo, Jefferson Tabinas; Sandro Reyes, Manny Ott, Mike Ott, Jesse Curran; Mark Hartman; Bienvenido Marañon, Kenshiro Daniels.
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Mongolia vs Philippines Prediction
Mongolia are a strong team defensively, but as we saw against Palestine, that doesn’t always translate into results and they have to create chances.
With the Philippines also likely to take a more attacking approach here in search of goals, we expect a draw.
Prediction: Mongolia 1-1 Philippines