Saudi Arabia vs Iraq
Date: Tuesday, 16 October 2018
Kick-Off at 18:45 UK / 19:45 CET
Venue: King Saud University Stadium (Riyadh).
Saudi Arabia and Iraq take on each other days after playing world class opponents Brazil and Argentina. Predictably enough, Asian outfits lost these ties without scoring. However, we have to mention the Green Falcons left a much better impression against the full Brazilian squad, falling just 0-2 on Friday evening at King Saud University Stadium.
The Spanish manager Juan Antonio Pizzi has reasons to be thrilled with the effort his side has put on to stay competitive throughout 90 minutes of play against such stronger opposition. Brazil could have slipped the victory away on numerous occasions as Juventus’ Alex Sandro bagged the second goal for Selecao not before the sixth minute of the added time on the occasion. Moving forward, PSG’s star man Neymar played the entire game.
Saudi Arabia vs Iraq: Head-to-head
Saudi Arabia have a positive head to head record with 7 wins and 5 losses going into 15th clash against the Lions of Mesopotamia.
Saudi Arabia won both home and away fixtures in recently finished Asian World Cup qualifications.
Iraq came on top 4-1 in a friendly played in February this year.
It is interesting to note that three or more goals were seen in three of last four head to head encounters.
Saudi Arabia vs Iraq: Prediction
Iraq, who had another underwhelming WC qualifying campaign, ended their four-game unbeaten run on Thursday when they fell 0-4 to Argentina. The team led by famous Slovenian manager Srecko Katanec were expected to offer a much stronger resistance to the mixed-Argentine line-up on the occasion, but they revealed way too many defensive holes instead.
The Lions of Mesopotamia thus shipped six goals in last two friendlies (including the 2-2 draw to Kuwait last month). We thus see plenty of room for the Green Falcons to shine and boost up the confidence ahead of the AFC Asian Cup challenges in January next year.
The home win looks to be a banker at 1.90, while we will alternatively shoot for Pzzi’s men to win by two or more goals at the sky-high 3.75 odds.
Saudi Arabia vs Iraq: Bet Tips
Saudi Arabia to win @ 1.90 (9/10)
Saudi Arabia -1.5 handicap @ 3.75 (11/4).