Iraq vs Japan
World Cup Qualifiers – Asia
Date: Tuesday, 13th June 2017
Kick-off at 13:25 UK/ 14:25 CET
Venue: Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium (Tehran).
Japan have a chance to move 3 points clear-off Saudi Arabia and Australia with a win against Iraq on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Iraq’s qualification campaign came to a premature end after the 1-0 loss to Saudi Arabia in March. The team has struggled all the way throughout this campaign and managed just 1 win and 1 draw from their 7 matches so far, while losing in 5.
Iraq are forced to play their home matches in a neutral venue outside their country. They are unbeaten in the last two at Tehran with a 4-0 win against Thailand and 1-1 draw against Australia. It is worth to note that Australia have struggled in away games this term, so the result is no surprise.
Meantime, Japan are level on 16 points along-with the second and third placed Saudi and Australia. With the later two having played their round 8 match which was won 3-2 by the Socceroos, Japan have a chance to pull three points clear the top.
Japan started their campaign with a 1-2 home loss against UAE. They have pulled things back brilliantly since then with a 6 match unbeaten run of 5 wins and 1 draw.
Iraq vs Japan: Head-to-head
Japan are unbeaten in their 8 matches against Iraq with 7 wins and 1 draw. The 2-1 win in the reverse leg of the corresponding fixture at the Saitama Stadium marked Japan’s seventh consecutive win against Iraq in all competitions.
Iraq vs Japan: Prediction
There is little to expect from this Iraqi side as they haven’t come together as a team in most of the matches in the qualifiers. While, Japan were brought back to senses after the shock defeat against UAE and look more composed and fluent in their overall game-play.
The confidence and morale is with the away team. Also, a commanding head-to-head record against Iraq points to the certainty that Japan is the team to back this battle in convincing fashion.
Iraq vs Japan: Bet Tips
FT – Japan to win at 1.50 by William Hill
Total Match Goals – Under 2.5 goals at 1.80 with Betfair