Iran VS Hong Kong Preview and Prediction

Posted Thu, 03 Jun 2021 10:08:25 GMT        

FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) - Iran VS Hong Kong

Kick off: 03-06-2021 15:30 Thursday(GMT+1)

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MATCH PREVIEW

It was November 2019 when both countries participated in their last qualifier and contrasting results leaves the two neck and neck in Group C. Iran were beaten by group leaders Iraq back on the 19th of November 2019 whilst Hong Kong picked up their first win of the campaign against the group whipping boys Cambodia. Iran are 3rd in the five-team group with six points while Hong Kong are 4th a point behind their hosts.  

 

Iran won each of their first two qualifying games against Cambodia and Hong Kong scoring 16 goals. Iran have scored 17 goals so far in qualifying but that stat is skewed by the fact that 14 of them came against Cambodia in October 2019. Iran defeated Hong Kong in their opener the same month winning 2-0 in Hong Kong but they have each of their last two fixtures to Bahrain and Iraq who currently hold the two qualification places. Iran have played three times since their 2-1 defeat to Iraq with their most recent game being played in March. Iran beat Syria 3-0 in a friendly to make it three wins in succession after victories over Bosnia and Herzegovina and Uzbekistan in the Autumn of 2020. 

 

Hong Kong haven’t competed since December 2019 when they were involved in the EAFF E-1 football championship in Asia where they failed to score a goal in any of their three matches. The visitors have also failed to score in six of their last seven games while away from home they have lost each of their last three matches without scoring. Historically, Hong Kong have also struggled in front of goal against Iran having failed to net in any of their four previous head-to-heads. 

 

KEY STATS

Iran won the reverse fixture 2-0 back in 2019.

Iran have won each of their last three home games to-nil.

Iran have kept a clean sheet in six of their last seven home matches.

 

BETTING VERDICT

This should be a routine win for Iran here especially given that they should be the sharper of the two sides with Hong Kong not playing in over 18 months. Back Iran to win both halves here.

 

Iran VS Hong Kong

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Iran VS Hong Kong Preview and Prediction