Iran vs Oman
Asia: AFC Asian Cup
Date: Sunday, 20th January 2019
Kick-off at 17.00 UK/ 18.00 CET
Venue: Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium.
Team Melli cruised through their group games into the Round of 16. After delivering two crushing losses on their first two opponents, the team took things lightly and played out a draw with arch-rivals Iraq. Even still they managed to keep their half of the pitch clean of goals. In fact, all through the tournament, Carlos Queiroz’s men have not let a ball into their nets.
The Reds are lucky that a path to the knockouts is available to the teams that finish third in the group. All they could manage was a win against the weakest team in their group, Turkmenistan. Al-Ahmar had lost both their opening fixtures; very tough losses indeed. Both losses came for a margin of a single goal.
Against Japan, they were unlucky to concede a penalty in the 28th minute, which turned out to be the match winner. In their match-up with Uzbekistan, things looked like they would get at least a draw. But five minutes from the final whistle, Eldor Shomurodov appeared out of nowhere with a goal, to present three points to his team.
Iran vs Oman Head-to-head (h2h)
- The team from Central Asia is unbeaten against this opponent.
- Four of the total five matches between the teams ended with under 2.5 match goals.
- The total five ties have produced just a combined nine goals amongst them.
- Carlos Queiroz’s men have kept clean sheets in three of their five appearances.
Iran vs Oman Prediction
The team captained by Masoud Shojaei has always given supreme importance to their defense, and the strategy has reaped them rich rewards. They have not conceded a single goal in the tournament so far, and they do not intend to make a change to that anytime soon. Team Melli will take this draw, that is considerably favorable to them, and churn out a very good result.
The team holds a 100% unbeaten record against the Gulf Samba. Along with that, they have the psychological advantage of having finished toppers in their group while Pim Verbeek’s men had to crawl into the Round of 16.
I predict the team from Central Asia to win while keeping a clean sheet. The second half will definitely be won by them, as Samba Al-Khaleej will have to abandon their posts and try to squeeze out a winner, which will considerably weaken their influence at their end of the pitch.
Iran vs Oman Betting Tips
Iran to Win to Nil @ 2.00 (1/1)
Second Half Result: Iran to Win @ 1.60 (3/5).