UAE vs Iraq
2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Asia (Group B)
Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2016
Kick-off: 15:20 UK
Venue: Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
UAE suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat t away at Saudi on matchday 4 of the qualifiers, which means they will remain out of the qualification zone in Group B with a 1 point distance from Japan. The talented Emirates side started the campaign with an upset win over Japan has fallen from grace in recent weeks. They lost twice in the next three games while a win came against the weakest team in the group, Thailand. However, their 6 points is only 4 short of the leaders Saudi Arabia and a win against Iran on matchday 5 with a combination of results elsewhere will see them move into the qualification zone.
Iraq have lost three of their four games so far and are having a disappointing campaign. They were defeated by Australia, Saudi Arabia and Japan in consecutive matchdays, the three teams occupying the top spots in the group. While a lone win came against Thailand, which was by no surprise. They have only three points and another defeat on Tuesday will literally narrow their chances of playing at the World Cup 2018 in Russia.
UAE vs Iraq: Live Streaming
The World Cup Qualifying match between UAE and Iraq can be streamed Live for FREE at AFC’s official YouTube channel. The link can be found here.
UAE vs Iraq: Head-to-head stats
The latest meeting between UAE and Iraq was during the 2014 edition of Gulf Cup. UAE won it 2-1 ending a 6 match win-less run against Iraq.
The overall record favors Iraq as they managed 3 wins, 2 draws from the previous 6 meetings.
UAE vs Iraq: Prediction
There is no doubt that UAE have a talented squad at their disposal. The likes of Ahmed Khalil and Omar Abdulrahman are match winners on their own, but they must start coming to the party more often. Iraq are no pushovers, they are a hard-working side and could topple anyone on their day. This could go in as another tricky fixture for the home side and we believe Iraq will be out there to come back with a point.
UAE vs Iraq: Bet Tips
Draw at Full-Time at 3.50 (5/2)
Correct Full-Time Score: 1-1 at 6.50 (13/2).