Iraq vs Bahrain
World Cup Qualification
Date: Tuesday, 19 November 2019
Kick-off at 14:00 UK / 15:00 CET
Venue: Basra Sports City.
The top two sides in Group C meet each other for a second time after their first witnessed both teams sharing the spoils. With Iraq going on to win three games in a row since that matchup, it goes without saying that Bahrain will have to put in the extra effort if they are to get the better of the hosts this Tuesday.
Iraq vs Bahrain Head to head (h2h)
- Their previous encounter ended in a 1-1 draw.
- The final scores have finished level in five of their last eight games.
- Only one of their previous six clashes have featured more than 2.5 goals on the charts.
- A stalemate has occurred just once in their last ten meetings.
- Bahrain have kept a clean sheet twice in their previous five clashes as opposed to Iraq who have only one.
Iraq vs Bahrain Prediction
Iraq further extended their winning streak to three games last week, after a late goal by Abdulnabi in stoppage time proved to be just enough to a post a 2-1 victory against Iran. The hosts are currently one among the only two teams to remain unbeaten in Group C and have established themselves as the table toppers with a two-point lead.
Bahrain are the only other side to avoid a defeat so far. However, the visitors dropped points for the second time in their campaign after Hong Kong huffed and puffed to hold them to a stalemate in their most recent matchup. The away side have now picked up the win in just half of their last four games. Garnering no more than eight points from a possible twelve in the process.
Furthermore, Iraq are arguably at their best in front of the home crowd. The hosts have been recording back to back wins in their past two fixtures here. And have also admitted defeat just once in their last five games in all competitions.
On the other hand, the guests have just one win to boast of from their previous four trips here. It is also worth mentioning that Bahrain managed to salvage no more than a point in the reverse clash of this fixture, despite having home advantage in their arsenal.
As such, given the stellar form that Iraq are on, the win is more than likely to swing in their favor at the last blast of the whistle.
Additionally, both teams have been sticking to their defensive duties with gusto, and have conceded no more than three goals between them so far. All of their last four h2h meetings on Iraqi soil have also been low scoring affairs with fewer than 2.5 goals on the final scorecards.
Hence, it is safe to say that goals are likely to be hard to come by in this one.
Iraq vs Bahrain Betting tips
Iraq to win @ 1.70 (7/10)
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.66 (2/3).