Iraq vs Iran
World Cup Qualification AFC
Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019
Kick-off at 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET
Venue: Basra Sports City.
Iraq will be trying to continue their unbeaten streak in their campaign. Iran will be trying to recover from the loss against Bahrain. It will be an interesting match at Basra Sports City.
Iraq vs Iran Head-to-head (h2h)
- Iran has recorded eight of the last eleven wins in their meetings.
- Their previous encounter ended in a goalless draw.
- The guest is unbeaten in all their visits since 2001 till 2015.
- The teams have combined to score an average of 2.7 goals per match in their clashes.
Iraq vs Iran Prediction
Iraq has been strong at home with just one loss in the last ten home matches in major contests in their schedules.
Their recent loss at home in August 2019 was against Bahrain who left with three points in a 0-1 score. A winless game before that loss was in November 2018 when Bolivia shared the spoils with Iraq.
Moreover, Iraq has not defeated Iran in any of the h2h clashes hosted by the former. The host lost all three h2h encounters against Iran with the last one played in 2015.
Even though the host has fared better at home, it will be different when facing stronger teams like Iran in the game.
On the other hand, Iran has lost only two of their past ten away fixtures in their overall schedule. They lost the previous trip on the road to Bahrain in a 1-0 score. Even after holding onto the draw for a long time, a penalty in the second half rejected Iran any points from the match.
After playing two matches in the campaign on the road, Iran has scored 2 goals and conceded one goal in a win and loss each in their form.
Significantly, Iran has scored 14 goals in a single game in this qualifiers against Cambodia at home. Also, they have conceded only one goal in the tournament so far. Hence, the three-times champions in the AFC Asia Cup will be confident about the fixture with their rivals, Iraq.
Besides that, Iraq has stayed at the top of the table with wins against the bottom two teams in Group C. Iran also collected six points from the bottom two but showed better composure scoring 16 goals.
As such, Iran has a better chance of winning the game with its better form and composure.
Iraq vs Iran Betting tips
Draw no bet: Iran @ 1.40 (2/5).
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.40 (2/5).