Iran hosts United Arab Emirates in round 8 of the third stage of the World Cup qualification. The match will be played on Tuesday, February 1st at Azadi Stadium (Tehran)
The Iranian national team performed well at the World Cup in Russia. Yes, the Iranians did not qualify from the group, but they looked decent against the background of the Spanish national team and the Portuguese national team. The Iranian team has already secured a ticket to Qatar. In the last match, it defeated Iraq away (0-1), showing a reliable game in defense.
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The UAE national team has seriously stepped up. The Whites looked very nice at the home Asian Cup, and now they are in third place and will do their best to stay there. In the last round, the United Arab Emirates quite convincingly beat the Syrian national team with a score of 2-0, extending the streak without defeats.
It is quite logical that the Iranian team had a clear advantage in the last five head-to-head matches. Iran gained four victories, and one game ended in a draw. If we look at the entire history of head-to-head confrontations between these teams, the advantage of the Iranian team is undeniable. In the last game, the Iranians won with a score of 1-0. On the one hand, the Iranian team looks like a favorite now, but on the other hand, the team has already qualified for the World Cup, so there will be no such motivation that was in the last game. I believe the UAE will take the risk anyway.