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Iraq VS Hong Kong

Iraq and Hong Kong meet at Basra Athletics Stadium, in a match for this stage of the WC Qualification Asia (2nd Round). These two teams have never met before, so this will be the first head‑to‑head between them. In this match the home advantage may play an important role, since Hong Kong presents significant differences between home and away performances.

Analysis of Iraq

The home team plays their second match in Group C, after the (1‑1) draw in their first match for this group stage, against Bahrain. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 7 draws and 3 losses in away matches, with 16 goals scored and 11 conceded; against 8 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 21 goals scored and 15 conceded. In their last match, for the Friendlies, they got an away tie against Uzbekistan by (0‑0). Their last home match was for the WAFF Championship and ended in a loss by (0‑1) against Bahrain. In the last 10 home matches Iraq has won 6, tied 2 and lost 2. There is a tendency for goals in their home matches, since 7 of the last 17 have ended ended with Under 1,5 goals.

Iraq come to this match with a 0-0 draw against Uzbekistan in preparation for the upcoming official games. Note that the Iraqis drew 1-1 with Bahrain in the first game of this qualifying round. As usual, coach Srecko Katanec favors the maintenance of ball possession and attacks by the aisles. Atlanta United's left-winger Justin Meram is the star of this team, speed being this player's greatest strength. The entire squad is available for this game.

Confirmed Lineup: Mohammed Hameed, Ahmad Ibrahim Al-Qafaje, Saad Natiq, Dhurgham Ismail, Alaa Ali Mhawi, Amjad Attwan, Ibraheem Bayesh, Humam Tariq, Safa Abdullah, Bashar Rasan, Muhanad Ali.

Analysis of Hong Kong

The away team comes to his 3rd round of Group C in the 5th position, with 1 point won, after 1 draw and 1 loss. In their debut in this group stage they tied in an away match against Cambodia by (1‑1). In the second round, they lost at home against Iran by (0‑2). This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses in away matches, with 17 goals scored and 21 conceded; against 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses at their stadium, with 18 goals scored and 13 conceded. In the last 5 away matches Hong Kong has won 2, tied 2 and lost 1. Defensive consistency hasn’t been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches.

The Hong Kong national team come to this match with a 0-2 win against Iran, continuing without winning in this stage of the 2022 World Cup qualification. We remember that this team drew 1-1 in the first round, against Cambodia. We can usually see that Coach Mixu Paatelainen organizes his team in the classic 4-5-1 and favors counterattacks through the aisles: Wai Wong is expert at transporting the ball to the attack. All usual players are available for this game.

Confirmed Lineup: Yapp Hung Fai, Tong Kin Man, Daniel Cancela, Russell Andy, Gonçalves Hélio, Beto, Law Tsz Chun, Huang Yang, Xu Deshuai, Chun Lok Tan, Oluwatayo Akande Alexander.

Betting suggestion:

Given the elaborate analysis the tendency for a game with a few goals is high. In this match we expect a more organized and dangerous Iraq in the attacks through the aisles, however, Hong Kong have nothing to lose and should enter the pitch with a very bold strategy. Considering all these factors, betting in favor of a match with a few goals is the most suitable for this game.
NOTE: Statistical values limited to the matches in our database.

Match Odds 3 Place your bet
Hong Kong 0%
Iraq 100%
The Draw 0%
Over/Under 2.5 goals 3 Place your bet
Under 2.5 Goals 0%
Over 2.5 Goals 100%
Half Time 2 Place your bet
Iraq 100%
Hong Kong 0%
The Draw 0%
Over/Under 1.5 Goals 1 Place your bet
Over 1.5 Goals 100%
Under 1.5 Goals 0%
Over/Under 3.5 Goals 5 Place your bet
Under 3.5 Goals 40%
Over 3.5 Goals 60%
Over/Under 4.5 Goals 1 Place your bet
Over 4.5 Goals 0%
Under 4.5 Goals 100%
Note: On the graphics, the lay Tips were converted to Back on the other choices of that market.

Note: Listing of Tips made only in contests available at the Betting Academy Singapore.

WC Qualification Asia - 2022 Qatar

  • 53% 92 / 172 Games

  • Home team wins 47.83%
  • Draws 16.3%
  • Away team wins 35.87%
  • Over 1.5 73.91%
  • Over 2.5 56.52%
  • Over 3.5 31.52%
  • Goals 289
  • Goals /match 3.14
  • Goals /match home 1.96
  • Goals /match away 1.18
  • Both teams score 35.87%
  • Goals after 80' 16.96%
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