Iran vs Uzbekistan
World Cup Qualifiers – Asia (Group A)
Date: Monday, 12th June 2017
Kick-off at 17:45 UK/ 18:45 CET
Venue: Azadi Stadium (Tehran).
Iran can virtually bag their tickets to the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia if they beat Uzbekistan in the crucial qualifying fixture at Tehran on Monday evening.
Consecutive participation in World Cup is on the cards for Iran as they sit at the top of Group A with a 4 point lead over Korea and 5 over the third placed Uzbekistan. Having already defeated the Uzbeks by a 1-0 margin in the first leg of this corresponding fixture, Iran can confirm the first or second placed finish with 2 matches to spare. While the visitors could still finish third and go into the intercontinental play-offs for the same.
Iran have proved themselves to hard to break for any side in the competition this season. They are yet to concede a goal in 7 matches of the third phase. They won all their 3 matches at home so far, while the two away games saw 2 wins and 2 draws. Moreover, the team managed by Carlos Queiroz just defeated Montenegro in a friendly earlier this month to state that they are a force to reckon.
Meanwhile, Uzbekistan also play with a similar philosophy to that of their Monday’s host. They are well disciplined and organized in defense. However, the tactics have so far failed to bear fruits in away trips. Overall, the Uzbeks won 4 and lost 3 from their 7 games; 2 of those defeats came from their 3 away matches. Yet, they have a strong defensive unit that let in just 4 goals so far.
Iran vs Uzbekistan: Head-to-head
The reverse fixture at Uzbekistan was won by Iran on a solitary goal. Indeed, the last four matches between the two teams in all competitions saw the same 1-0 ft score. Iran won 3 of those while the Uzbeks 1.
It will be worth to note that the Uzbekistan team defeated Iran at Tehran during the same phase of this tournament in 2014 by 1-0 scoreline. That remains to be their only win against Iran in 6 meetings in all competitions. The first leg was a 1-0 away win for Iran, just like this edition.
Iran vs Uzbekistan: Prediction
On current form, Iran look like a far better side than the visiting Uzbeks. Their home record in the qualifiers speaks for itself; 3 wins from 3 matches with 4 goals scored to none conceded. Moreover, they do have the service of an experienced coach like Carlos Queiroz who had his stint at Manchester United and Real Madrid.
The Uzbekistan team are far too reliant on their defense in away games. And not many teams come to Tehran and get away with a win. This is why we think under 2.5 goals is the best pick for this match.
Meanwhile, we also back Iran to win with the total match goals under 2.5 goals, putting our trust in the home team’s formidable defense.
Iran vs Uzbekistan: Bet Tips
Match Goals – Under 2.5 goals at 1.48 by Unibet
Full-Time Result – Iran to win and Under 2.5 goals is priced at a juicy 2.70 odds at Betway.