Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, January 07 at 09:30 PM
Iran will look to wash their painful memories of the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a good showing in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 as they begin their campaign against Yemen on Monday. Iran haven’t lost a game since losing to Spain in Russia. However, they haven’t played many games either with their last fixture being a 1-1 draw with Venezuela in November. They will have the label of being the title contenders but injuries are only making the label look a heavy responsibility. Yemen, are expected to be a no match for them, but the Team Melli will remain cautious and will play to avoid any kind of slip-ups.
Yemen, on the back of a demoralising three-match losing streak, enter the Asian Cup facing one of the title contenders up first. They’ve hardly got any positive to think about except for the fact that this can be their chance to get rid of all the negatives they’ve had of late. Yes, they’ll give it their best shot, but realistically, will more or less play for a draw at the most and will defend for as long as they can.
The sides have met only once before, and Iran walked away as 2-1 winners on that occasion.
Iran – W D D W W W
Yemen – L L L W L L
Iran Team News
Yemen Team News
Iran Playing11: Beirenvand (GK); Mohammadi, Khanzadeh, Reazaeian, Kanaanizadegan; Shojaei, Taremi, Ebrahami; Azmoun, Gholizadeh, Ghoddos
Yemen Playing11: Abash (GK); Omar, Boqshan, Ammar Hamsan, Mahdi; Khyat, Sarori, Sasi; Abdulrab, Hagri, Matari
For Iran, it will be Sardar Azmoun who will desperate to silence his critics for his poor showing in the World Cup and with him, Ebrahami is also expected to hold the key. Yemen will pin their whatever little hopes they have on Ala Al-Sasi primarily and Abdulwasea Al-Matari.