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Saudi Arabia will be the favourites on paper when they face Oman in the two teams’ first game in Group F of the 2023 Asian Cup at the Khalifa International Stadium on Tuesday.

On the back of the growing popularity of the Saudi Pro League, it’s been a while since the Green Falcons emerged triumphant in the Asian Cup having won it in 1984, 1988, and 1996. Roberto Mancini has so far managed a perfect record in World Cup qualifying since his appointment as head coach.

Oman will want to take confidence from their 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia at last year’s Gulf Cup of Nations, but coach Branko Ivankovic will have the task of bettering the nation’s round-of-16 finish in 2019. The two-time Gulf Cup winners last defeated UAE 1-0 in a friendly.

Just days before the tournament, Nawaf Al-Aqidi, Abbas Al-Hassan and Ayman Yahya were replaced by Mohammed Al-Rubaie, Mohammed Al-Breik and Talal Haji, while Rayyan Hamid has been demoted to the U23 Olympic side.