2023 AFC Asian Cup Previews, Predictions & Betting Tips

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AFC Asian Cup Tips

The 2023 AFC Asian Cup will be the 18th edition of the premier international men’s football tournament in Asia and held in Qatar. 

It will actually be played in 2024 from January 12-February 10 to take place in slightly cooler months in Qatar.

We have comprehensive AFC Asian Cup football tips throughout 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.

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AFC Asian Cup Live Streaming

Watch all the matches at the Asian Cup with live streaming. One of the best online live streaming services is bookmaker streams where you can switch between betting markets and live action.

Check out our AFC Asian Cup live streaming guide for information on how to watch all the matches.

AFC Asian Cup History

The AFC Asian Cup is held every four years and organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The winner of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup earns a place in the 2025 FIFA Confederations Cup.

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.

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.

Original hosts China automatically qualify with approximately along with new hosts and defending champions Qatar with 22 more teams joining them following qualification. 

2023 AFC Asian Groups 

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
QatarAustraliaIranJapanSouth KoreaSaudi Arabia
TajikistanSyriaHong KongIraqJordanKyrgyzstan

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

Five host cities and nine stadiums will stage games through the AFC Asian Cup, many of them having staged matches during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Al Khor Al Bayt l Stadium 68,895
Lusail Lusail Stadium 88,966
Al Rayyan Ahmad bin Ali Stadium 45,032
Al Rayyan Education City Stadium 44,667
Al Rayyan Jassim bin Hamad Stadium 15,000
Al Rayyan Khalifa International Stadium 45,857
Doha Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium 10,000
Doha Al Thumama Stadium 44,400
Al Wakrah Al Janoub Stadium 44,325

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


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