Iran vs Yemen
AFC Asian Cup
Date: Monday, 7 January 2019
Kick-Off at 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Iran have picked it up late in 2018 and retained their seven-game unbeaten streak across competitions, kicking off their AFC Asian Cup campaign in good spirits as they meet Yemen for their Group D clash on Monday afternoon.
Team Melli have beaten Uzbekistan, Bolivia, Trinidad and Tobago and most recently Qatar in six outings since their World Cup exit, only holding Venezuela and Palestine to draws along the way.
Carlos Queiroz will now want his men to show off in the United Arab Emirates too and we expect them very motivated, which promises a very tough task for Yemen at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium.
Yemen come into the match with a three-game losing streak behind them, where Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Syria all narrowly turned the clashes their way since mid-November.
The team earned just one win in almost two years and this will be just as worrying, setting a clear gap between the sides here as Jan Kocian’s men look for an upset.
Iran vs Yemen: Head-to-head
This will be only the second time for the sides to meet.
Iran have bagged a 2-1 win over Yemen in 2012 with goals from Nazari and Karimi.
We now expect another narrow occasion as the sides base their success on tough defensive displays recently too.
Iran vs Yemen: Prediction
Backing Iran to bag the points here feels like a real banker bet but we’ll now stick our necks out for a narrow contest we expect, going for a one-goal Winning Margin at 4.50. We have seen them regularly turn such clashes their way and now rightfully hope for more of the same.
Indeed, Yemen have struggled to score goals on the regular, but we have seen them put on some solid displays at the back, which has us going for Under 2.5 goals FT at 2.55 too. This does feel like great value especially seeing Iran haven’t been scoring many goals themselves, despite the obvious difference in quality and ambition.
Iran vs Yemen: Betting Tips
Winning Margin – Iran by exact 1 goal @ 4.50 (7/2)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 17/11 (2.55).