Iraq vs Saudi Arabia
Asia – 2018 World Cup Qualifier
Date: Tuesday; 6 September 2016
Kick-off: 12:00 UK
Venue: Stadium Shah Alam.
Iraq look to end their bad run of form when they host Saudi Arabia for the second group fixture of World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday, 6 September 2016.
Iraq were defeated 2-0 by Australia in their opening match of the World Cup qualifier. They were on a bad patch before the start of the start of the campaign and hardly impressed over the 90 minutes at Perth. The confidence will be a major issue for the Iraqi team who are on a four match winless run, with four of them being defeats.
Saudi Arabia were made to toil hard at home by a stubborn Thailand team in their opening qualifier game. Despite having 64% of the ball possession, chances were far and few. However, they eventually got out of the jail through an 84th minute penalty goal. But they need to improve their performance if they are to make it out of the group which includes a strong Australia, Japan and an in-form UAE.
Iraq vs Saudi Arabia: Head-to-Head
The previous meeting between Saudi and Iraq was the two legged fixture in the 2015 Asia Cup qualifiers. Saudi Arabia won both legs with a 2-1 margin at home 2-0 win in the away leg. Prior to those two wins, Iraq were unbeaten in four fixtures with 3 wins and a draw.
But Iraq have a poor record at home against Saudi after losing in 2 of the 3 meetings and are left with one win during the period.
Iraq vs Saudi Arabia: Prediction
Saudi Arabia will be high on confidence as they are on a 11-match unbeaten run, with 9 wins during the period. Also they kept clean sheets in 7 of their last 9 matches.
While Iraq can also boast of a decent record at home and suffered only one defeat in their last 7 matches. But they have a poor head-to-head record against Saudi Arabia and the visitors on their current form look set to grab a narrow win on Wednesday evening.
Iraq vs Saudi Arabia: Betting Tips
Double Chance – Draw/Saudi Arabia 1/3 (1.33)
Under 2.5 goals at 8/15 (1.53).