2023 AFC Asian Cup Previews, Predictions & Betting Tips

What is the 2023 AFC Asian Cup?

The 2023 AFC Asian Cup will be the 18th edition of the premier international men’s football tournament in Asia. Held every four years, the AFC Asian Cup is organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). 

The AFC Asian Cup started in Hong Kong in 1954 and is the second oldest continental football tournament in the world after the Copa América. 

The Asian Cup was held every four years from 1956-2004, with the AFC deciding to hold the next edition in 2007 to avoid clashing with the Summer Olympic Games and the UEFA European Football Championships.

The winner of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup earns a place in the 2025 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Where is the 2023 AFC Asian Cup being played?

The 2023 AFC Asian Cup host nation will be selected on 19 May 2019 at the AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. China and South Korea are the remaining nations in contention to win the bid after India, Indonesia and Thailand withdrew.

China expressed interest in hosting the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, but the Chinese Football Association (CFA) later decided to withdraw in order to focus on player development. The CFA then confirmed their intention to bid for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup after previously hosting the 2004 Asian Cup.

South Korea hosted the 1960 Asian Cup which was the last time the Taegeuk Warriors won the tournament. The host cities put forward by the Korea Football Association (KFA) include Suwon, Goyang, Hwaseong, Cheonan, Jeonju, Gwangju, Busan and Jeju.

When is the 2023 AFC Asian Cup?

The 2023 AFC Asian Cup is scheduled to he held in June 2023.

2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification

The 2023 AFC Asian Cup will be contested by 24 teams for the second time in tournament history. The first AFC Asian Cup in 1956 featured four teams which grew to 16 nations from 2004 to 2015 and expanded to 24 nations in 2019.

The hosts (China or South Korea) will automatically qualify with approximately 45 national teams going through a qualifying competition to determine the remaining 23 places. The qualification process will also play a role in the Asian qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Defending champions and 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar will have to compete in the qualifying stage for a place at the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.

What are the Groups at the 2023 AFC Asian Cup?

The six groups at the tournament will be decided after all 24 nations have qualified.

Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
Group E
Group F

What Stadiums will host matches at the 2023 AFC Asian Cup?

There stadiums will be announced once China or South Korea have won the rights to host the tournament.

What is the format for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup?

The 24 nations will contest a group stage which consists of six groups of four teams. The top two teams in each group will advance to the round of 16 alongside the four best third-placed teams.

The knockout stage will feature 16 teams followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals and the AFC Asian Cup final.

Who has won the most AFC Asian Cups?

Japan are the most successful nation in the AFC Asian Cup having won four titles in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011. Saudi Arabia (1984, 1988, 1996) and Iran (1968, 1972, 1976) are next best with three titles each.

South Korea have won the AFC Asian Cup twice in 1956 and 1960 with Isreal (1964), Kuwait (1980), Iraq (2007), Australia (2015) and Qatar (2019) all winning once. Japan and Saudi Arabia dominated the AFC Asian Cup from 1984-2004 and have won seven of the last ten finals between them.

Australia joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2007 and finished runners-up in 2011. Australia hosted the AFC Asian Cup in 2015, the Socceroos winning the tournament following a 2-1 extra time victory against South Korea in the final.

Who are the favourites to win the 2023 AFC Asian Cup?

The odds for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup winner have not been released but the usual suspects are expected to dominate the betting market. Iran, South Korea, Japan and Australia will be prominent and defending champions Qatar could sneak into the top four if they continue to improve.

Who were the recent AFC Asian Cup Winners, Runners-Up & Hosts?


China or South Korea
2019QatarJapanUnited Arab Emirates
2015AustraliaSouth KoreaAustralia
2007IraqSaudi ArabiaIndonesia / Malaysia / Thailand / Vietnam
2000JapanSaudi ArabiaLebanon
1996Saudi ArabiaUnited Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
1992JapanSaudi ArabiaJapan
1988Saudi ArabiaSouth KoreaQatar
1984Saudi ArabiaChinaSingapore
1980KuwaitSouth KoreaKuwait

What tips will you have for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup?

We will have regular AFC Asian Cup football tips during the tournament including match bet tips (Win/Draw/Win), handicap tips and both teams to score (BTTS) tips. There is often plenty of value in the goalscorer markets, as evidenced by Qatar's Almoez Ali top scoring with nine goals at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

What are your latest 2023 AFC Asian Cup Betting Tips & Predictions?

We will release our 2023 AFC Asian Cup outright winner prediction and betting tips once all 24 nations have qualified. Check back in at free tips where we will also have selections in group stage betting markets.

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