Vietnam have been doing well at the youth levels recently so will be interesting to see if they can step up at senior level. Much like the WC, the interesting part will be seeing how much the 3rd and 4th pot nations have improved.
Tickets have been priced fairly cheaply and they seem to have followed Australia’s lead in reaching out to local communities so games involving India, Philippines, Syria have the possibility of decent crowds. Games in Al Ain also tend to draw well as it’s a great little stadium and there is nothing else to do there.
Regional rivalries will also generate some crowds. It wouldn’t be surprising to see a coordinated effort of locals attending Qatar games and cheering for the other team.
Ultimately 5:30pm weekday local kick offs are not very attractive so they will struggle during some games, however it also wouldn’t be a surprise to see them look to mobilise people and fill seats to avoid empty stadiums