Qatar vs Iran
2018 World Cup Qualifiers – Asia
Date: Thursday, 23rd March 2017
Kick-off at 16:00 UK / 17:00 CET
Venue: Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium. Doha.
Qatar have plenty of ground to cover as they prepare to welcome the group leaders Iran for the World Cup qualifier on Thursday evening.
With 4 points from 5 matches, Qatar are fifth in the Group A with only China behind them. Iran at the top of the table have 11 points, while Korea on second have 10. While Uzbekistan on third, the play-off spot has 9 points which is the realistic target for Qatar under the current circumstances.
However, getting points against a team like Iran is massive task. Anyhow a defeat here will abruptly bring Qatar’s qualification hopes to an end.
Qatar started the qualification campaign with three consecutive defeats. They registered their first win at home against Syria by a narrow 1-0 margin. They had a real chance to strengthen their position against a struggling China, but poor finishing saw the match ending in a goal-less draw.
Iran are the only unbeaten team in the Group A with 3 wins and 2 draws to their name from the 5 matches so far. They won all their three home matches, while settling for goal-less draws in two away fixtures. Interestingly, Iran are yet to concede a goal during the period.
Qatar vs Iran: Head-to-head
Iran are unbeaten in their last 7 matches against Qatar with 3 wins and 4 draws. All the wins came in the latest three meetings with clean sheets, including the 2-0 win at home in the reverse leg of the current campaign.
Only one of those 7 matches have seen over 2.5 goals. And both teams scored on two occasions.
In their 8 previous visits to Qatar, Iran picked up 4 wins and were beaten twice, with another two matches ending in stalemates. Once again, 6 of those matches saw less than 3 goals.
Qatar vs Iran: Prediction
Iran is a team built on a strong defensive foundation which have proved too hard for teams to break down. Qatar recently failed to break through Uzbekistan whose playing philosophy is similar to their Thursday’s opponent.
Combining these with the head-to-head record and form analysis, this match is expected to see few goals. And with confidence on their side, Iran are the most likely candidate to Knick a narrow win. We recommend brave punters to go for a correct score of 1-0 away win, which is offered at 6.00 odds with Unibet.
Qatar vs Iran: Bet Tips
Iran to win at 2.25 with William Hill.
HT/FT – Draw/Iran at 7.50 with Unibet.