Iraq vs Thailand: Match Preview and Prediction

Iraq vs Thailand
Asian World Cup Qualifiers
Date: Tuesday, 11th October 2016
Kick-off at 13:30 UK
Venue: Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium, Tehran.

Iraq and Thailand have one thing in common when they face-off on Tuesday. Both have lost in their first three qualifying fixtures so far.

Iraq thought they had earned a point in the away match at Japan last week. But an injury time goal from former Hannover midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi denied them the first points in the qualifying campaign. They were dealt with a similar fate in the second match against Saudi Arabia as two quick penalties in the final minutes of the match helped Saudi to overturn a goal deficit.

Thailand on the other hand are the weakest side in the group and it may come as no surprise as they have lost their first three matches against Saudi Arabia, Japan and UAE respectively. They also failed to score in the first two matches and their goal against UAE in the 3-1 is the first of te current campaign.

Iraq vs Thailand: Head-to-Head Stats

The teams had met in the second round of the current edition of the World Cup Qualifiers and both legs of the match saw the same 2-2 draw.

Four of the 7 matches played so far between Iraq and Thailand so far are draws. While Thailand have won twice as against Iraq’s 1 win.

Five of the Seven matches between these two sides have seen over 2.5 goals. And both teams have scored in each of the last six meetings.

Iraq vs Thailand: Prediction

Iraq will be playing this match in a neutral venue due to political unrest in their country, which could take away their home advantage. It is also notable that Thailand are unbeaten in 6 matches against Iraq, which was played outside Iraq.

The War Elephants might be the lowest ranked side in the third round of qualifiers. Burt their performances in the second round of qualifiers is commendable. They topped their group unbeaten with 4 wins and 2 draws and a healthy goal aggregate of +8. This could prove to be a difficult fixture for the Iraqis, especially coming after a tough match against Japan.

Iraq vs Thailand: Betting Tips

  • Double Chance – Draw/Thailand at 2.25
  • Over 2.5 goals at 2.00
  • Both Teams to Score 1.95.