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A lot of Chinese dialects in men’s top half draw
In the men’s team event there are 13 participating nations, leave only three teams with a bye into second round. These are China, Indonesia and Chinese Taipei. Third seeded Korea will have to play already in first round.
Hong Kong and Mongolia will play for a second round tie against the top seeded men from China. With Mongolia ranked as the weakest team of the event, there should be no problems for Hong Kong to secure a tie against their huge neighbor country. The semifinal will surely be against Chinese Taipei who will play either Nepal or Pakistan in their first match in second round. So one could conclude there will be a lot of Chinese talk going on in this top half draw of the men’s team event – the question is which dialect will be spoken in the final.
Six teams can reach the final
The lower half of the draw offers a tie between reigning Asian Games champions Korea who is facing Thailand in first round. On the seeding date 9 August 2018 there just roughly 14,000 points between the two nations, again when counting five players or pairs. We see Korea as small favorites but Thailand definitely has the power to overcome the Koreans.
And then we have a very interesting tie between Malaysia and Japan. There is no doubt that the Malaysian team has been weakened with Lee Chong Wei’s exit due to health issues and many would surely have been looking forward to yet another clash between experienced Malaysian and the newly crowned World Champion, Kento Momota from Japan. We’ll have to wait for that to some other time though. Whoever wins the tie will be up against Korea or Thailand in second round.
Finally India is up against the Maldives in their first round match, and here we do not believe in the miracle to happen either. The Indians must win and then they’ll have the doubtful honor of having most spectators against them as they playing the host nation Indonesia in second round. This concludes the preview of the men’s team event where whoever is best on the day from Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, India and Indonesia will be up against China in the final – or will China not deliver as expected?