Asian Cup: Australia v Iraq – betting preview

Game:- Australia vs Iraq
Competition :- AFC Asian Cup
Venue :- Jassim Bin Hammad Stadium, Doha
Date :- Saturday, 22 January 2011
KO time:- 16:25, UTC+3

The Socceroos square off against the Lions of Mesopotamia in the third quarter final of the 2011 Asian Cup. When these two sides met in the group stage of the 2007 edition, Iraq managed to come out with an impressive 3-1 win. Do you fancy the Iraqis to pull off another coup? Read our preview and check out the betting odds offered by JustBet for an Iraq win.

Australia – last few games – most recent game on top
v. Bahrain (Win 1-0) Jedinak
v. South Korea (Draw 1-1) Jedinak
v. India (Win 4-0) Cahill*2 , Kewell, Holman

Four changes are expected to th Australia line-up that played their last group match against Bahrain. Luke Wilkshire should return at right-back. The centre midfield pairing of Jedinak and Culina will be re-established. Dale Carney should
take his place as the left full-back.

Holger Osieck will be without the services of Brett Emerton who will miss out on the quarter finals after picking two yellow cards. Cahill and Kewell will continue to lead the line with Robbie Kruse likely to come off the bench.

Iraq – last few games – most recent game on top
v. North Korea (Win 1-0) Karrar
v. UAE (Win 1-0) Abbas OG
v. Iran (Loss 1-2) Mahmoud

Defending champions Iraq have been pretty inconsistent in this tournament. Although they have created a host of chances, they’ve failed to convert most of them. As usual, Iraq’s attacking play will pass through the playmaker Nashat Akram and captain Younis Mahmoud. Wolfgang Sidka has still not made up his mind on whom he will play as the second striker. Emad Mohammed, Abdul-Zahra and Mustafa Karim are all in the fray.

Match Verdict: Australia 1-2 Iraq (after extra time) (Cahill / Mahmoud, Karrar)

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