Qatar vs Iraq Predictions and Match Preview

Qatar vs Iraq
AFC Asian Cup.
Date: Tuesday, 22nd January 2019.
Kick-Off at 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

Qatar qualified to the knockouts after being group champions. They have never put a step wrong in the group games winning every single one of them. It all started with a 2- win over Lebanon.

The match against North Korea was a goal fest, to say the least. With the help of 4 goals from forward, Ali Almoez they wrapped up that game with a 6-0 scoreline. The major highlight of that match was they had a 100% shot conversion rate.

The final group match saw them destroy Saudi Arabia with a stellar performance. Almoez couldn’t stop scoring and the match finished 2-0. In all those games they maintained a clean sheet too. This winning run has placed them among the top favorites to win this edition of Asian Cup.

They will have to face an Iraq team who are also unbeaten in the tournament. Two of their group games had more than 2.5 goals in total at the full time. The Lions of Mesopotamia won the opener 3-2 against Vietnam. Since then they kept a clean sheet in the remaining games. The following match against Iraq was won 0-3 and then drawn against the mighty Iran 0-0.

Manager Katenec will be happy with his side’s performance so far. But the business end of the competition is here and Qatar are not looking like they are going to stop here.

Qatar vs Iraq: Head-to-head (h2h)

  • Both the teams have won 2 games each from the previous 5 h2h matches held across all venues.
  • Less than 2.5 goals were scored in 3 of those 5 matches between them.

Qatar vs Iraq: Prediction

Two group matches of Qatar had less than 2.5 goals in full time. The last match of Iraq was a goalless draw. A similar score was produced in 3 of their last 5 h2h matches in all competitions. So we can bet on the score to have fewer than 2.5 goals on Tuesday with 1.62 odds.

In terms of rankings, Iraq is the better side than Qatar. Also, they are a class apart comparing to the opposition that Qatar had in their group. With both the teams scoring freely there may be a definite winner at the end of 90 minutes. But I think we will see defensive play in this upcoming match. Thus a bet can be placed on a double chance for the match to be a draw or Iraq winning with 1.72 odds.

Qatar vs Iraq: Betting Tips

  • Under 2.5 goals @ 1.62 (5/8).
  • Double Chance: Draw or Iraq to win @ 1.72 (5/7).