Iran vs Iraq Predictions and Match Preview

Iran vs Iraq
AFC Asian Cup.
Date: Wednesday, 16th January 2019.
Kick-Off at 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: Al Maktoum Stadium (Dubai).

Another blockbuster of a match is set to take place on Wednesday as Iran takes on rivals Iraq in a war to be group champions.

Team Melli has done a brilliant job in the last World Cup in Russia. They defeated Morocco in their opening game and after a narrow defeat against Spain went on to share the spoils with Portugal. Currently, they are the best-ranked team in Asia with a FIFA Ranking of 29 in the table released last December.

The team managed by Carlos Queiroz has been handed the tags of favorites in this Asia Cup. His side has started well with wins over weaker teams like Yemen and Vietnam. The Iranians have already qualified to the next stage without even conceding a goal.

Iraq will face their archrivals and they too have already qualified for the knockout round. They also have won both their group games so far. However, their match against Vietnam was a scare for the Iraqi fans and manager. That match ended 3-2 in favor of the Lions of Mesopotamia after a spirited performance from the Vietnamese.

This match was their first international match in over a year after the Gulf Cup of Nations. They were semi-finalists in that tournament, where they lost to the United Arab Emirates in a shoot-out.

When two countries with years of conflict between them in both politics and football face off, we may see some real action on the pitch in Dubai.

Iran vs Iraq: Head-to-head (h2h)

  • In the last 5 h2h matches between these two teams, Iran leads with 4 wins on a trot.
  • They are unbeaten in those 5 matches and Iraq previously won this fixture back in 1996.
  • More than 2.5 goals have been scored in total in 3 of their last 5 meetings as well.

Iran vs Iraq: Prediction

Iran will have revenge on their mind as Iraq defeated them in the last h2h match which was the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup 2015. That loss in penalties still haunts them and Queiroz’s men are more than able to win against the Lions at the moment.

The Iranians had a great World Cup and are having a great Asia Cup so far. On the basis of their performances in the Cup and the h2h statistics, we can place our bets on team Melli to win with 1.80 odds.

In 3 of the last 5 h2h matches between these two sides in all competitions, the final score had more than 2.5 goals in total. With Iran scoring 7 and Iraq scoring 6 in their 2 group matches respectively, we can surely place money on a score with more than 2.5 goals with 2.50 odds.

Iran vs Iraq: Betting Tips

  • Iran to win @ 1.80 (4/5).
  • Over 2.5 goals @ 2.50 (3/2).