Bahrain vs Iraq
World Cup Qualification Asia 2nd Round
Date: Thursday, 5 September 2019
Kick-off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Bahrain National Stadium.
Both these teams had satisfactory campaigns in the recently-concluded Asian Cup and likely have gained confidence from their runs. Surely there was scope for improvements, and we can expect the intent from either side to register even better campaigns in the qualification process.
To begin at home is an advantage by all means, and Bahrain should make it count this Thursday. A brief glance at the home stats of the side and the away run of their counterparts tip the scales in the favor of the Pearl Divers.
Bahrain had qualified to the Round of 16 of the Asian Cup after topping the group of the third-placed squads, while Iraq did it in a more stylized manner, after topping their own Group along with Iran. Due to their inferior goal difference though, the side was pushed to the second spot.
A visible trend throughout the recent h2h clashes has been the shortage of goals. To quote a stat, three of the four former games where Bahrain played the host had ended with a 0-0 scorecard, and Iraq has played a major role in these ties being lackluster.
Bahrain vs Iraq Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last seven fixtures saw Iraq scoring a total of two goals.
- The last time these two met, Bahrain registered a 0-1 victory.
- Three of the four prior meetings ended as goalless draws.
- Bahrain is yet to lose at home to this opponent.
Bahrain vs Iraq Prediction
Helio Sousa’s men are unbeaten in their last six matches and were so in ten of their former eleven. Their last loss had come against Thailand and was almost nine months back.
At home, the team lost just twice in the previous twenty-two attempts and even had a four-game winning run just recently.
On the other hand, Iraq was winless in two of their last three games and was so in nine of their prior twelve match-ups on the road. Moreover, they are yet to win against this opponent while Bahrain had the home advantage, and in fact, the Iraqis have won against them just twice in total in the last 27 years.
As such, count on a home win this Thursday.
Going on, the hosts for the day have kept clean sheets in eight of their previous eleven overall games, and in 16 of their last 24 appearances at home.
Meanwhile, their opposite number has failed to find the back of the net in five of their last seven meetings against this opponent, in four of the previous five on the road, and in four of their prior five overall fixtures away from home.
Rightfully, a win to nil is on the cards for the home team.
Bahrain vs Iraq Betting Tips
Bahrain to Win @ 2.45
To Win to Nil: Bahrain @ 4.10.