UAE vs Iran
AFC Asian Cup Group D
Qatar SC Stadium, Doha
Iran will be aiming to be the only team to finish the group stages with a 100% record when they meet United Arab Emirates at the Qatar SC Stadium in their final fixture in Group D. Bet on UAE vs Iran with Bodog after reading our betting preview at Sportsbookie.com.
Iran have already qualified for the quarterfinals as winners of the Group. Regardless of what happens in the fixture against UAE, the Gulf Nation will enter the last eight as winners of Group C.
But given that quarterfinal will be against either Australia or South Korea, both of whom are strong teams and title contenders, Iran coach Afshin Ghotbi might feel tempted to go in with his regular members instead of opting for a second string lineup that might break his side’s winning run.
Iran form- last four games- most recent first- Iran scorers in brackets-
Iran 1-0 North Korea (Karim Ansarifard)
Iraq 1-2 Iran ( G. Rezaei, I. Mobali)
Iran 1-0 Angola (J. Nekounam)
Qatar 0-0 Iran
Srecko Katanec’s UAE, have amazingly failed to score in this tournament. But they still have a chance to make it to the last eight of the tournament. For this to happen the UAE will have to break Iran’s unbeaten record in this tournament, and beat the Persian Stars by a higher margin that North Korea’s win over Iraq. North Korea winning against Iraq is also a necessity for UAE to qualify as if both end up level on points, Iraq will go through courtesy of their group stage victory over UAE.
UAE Form- last five games- most recent first-UAE scorers in brackets-
United Arab Emirate 0-1 Iraq
North Korea 0-0 UAE
UAE 0-0 Australia
UAE 2-0 Syria (Saeed Al Kathiri, Theyab Awana)
UAE 0-1 Saudi Arabia
Tough fixture to predict, but with Iran expected to test their reserves, expect the UAE to win.
UAE 2-1 Iran (Ismail Al Hammadi, Ismail Matar/ Masoud Shojaei)