Bahrain and Iraq face at Stād al‑Bahrayn al‑Watanī (Bahrain National Stadiu, in a match for this stage of the WC Qualification Asia (2nd Round). There are only 2 recent head‑to‑heads between these two teams: on 14‑08‑2019, which ended in a (0‑1) win by Bahrain, and another on 23‑12‑2017, which ended in a (1‑1) draw,
Bahrain VS Iraq
05 September 2019 – 17:30
WC Qualification Asia
2nd Round – Group C – Round 1
Analysis of Bahrain
The home team had direct access to this group stage, so they will play their first match in this edition of the competition. They come to this match after a away win against Iraq by (0‑1). Bahrain has won 5, tied 3 and lost 2 of the last 10 home matches. Defensive consistency has been one of their best features, as they have only conceded goals in 3 of the last 10 matches, and their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 7 of the last 13 matches have ended with Under 1,5 goals and 9 out of 13 have ended with Under 2,5 goals.
Bahrain come to this game motivated after a 0-1 away win over Iraq, making it their second victory in official matches. Despite this, coach Miroslav Soukup could be expected to keep the 4-4-2, diamond, favoring defensive organization and direct balls for Al-Humaidan and Yusuf. The second athlete mentioned, currently representing Slavia Prague, is the highlight of the Bahrain team. For this game the manager can count on all his players.
Analysis of Iraq
The away team had direct access to this group stage. In their last match, for the WAFF Championship, they got a home loss against Bahrain by (0‑1). In the last 10 away matches Iraq has won 3, tied 5 and lost 2.
Iraq come to this match after a 0-1 home defeat to Bahrain, putting an end to their four straight games without losing. In this game against Bahrain, a very fragile team at all levels, coach Srecko Katanec should maintain his usual strategy, that is, to benefit the ball possession and the successive paused attacks: Justim Meram, athlete of the Atlanta United from the United States, is largely responsible for carrying the ball to the attack. The entire squad is available for this game.