Lebanon hosts Iraq in round 8 of the third stage of the World Cup qualification. The match will be played on Tuesday, February 1st at Saida Municipal Stadium (Sidon)
The Lebanese national team has never played at the World Cup. And the Cedars did not achieve much success at the Asian Cup either. They were the hosts of the Asian Cup once and took fourth place in the group. Interestingly, the Lebanese national team is now in fourth place and will try to cling to the top three. In the last round, the Cedars lost 0-1 to South Korea.
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The national team of Iraq is now in the fifth position. Their biggest problem is a very weak attacking game. It was the Iraqi team that scored the least in the group. The defensive line does not work well either. In the last round, the Lions of Mesopotamia lost to the Iranian national team away (1-0), although they showed a quite good game.
If you look at the last five matches of these teams, you can see that the Iraqi team has an advantage. The Lions of Mesopotamia won three games, and the Cedars did not gain a single victory. Two other matches ended in a draw. The Lebanese national team gained its last victory in 2012, playing at the native stadium. In the last head-to-head match, the teams failed to score goals against each other. Now the favorite is the Lebanese team, which is still fighting for high places. However, I am sure that the upcoming match will be much brighter than their last game. Lebanon will definitely take the risk, but mistakes are more likely.