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Iraq VS Argentina

Iraq vs Argentina

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Iraq and Argentina face at Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, in a friendly match. This is the 7th friendly match of the year for Iraq, after friendly matches against Kuwait, Palestine, Syria, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. As for Argentina, this is the 6th friendly match of the year, after previous friendly matches against Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Spain and Italy. These two teams have never met before, so this will be the first head‑to‑head between them. Iraq registers significant differences between home and away results, so the home/away factor is worth special attention.

Analysis of Iraq

This is the 7th friendly match of the year for the home team, after having registered the following final scores in the previous friendlies: Kuwait (2‑2) Iraq, Palestine (0‑3) Iraq, Iraq (0‑0) Palestine, Iraq (1‑1) Syria, Iraq (2‑3) Qatar and Iraq (4‑1) Saudi Arabia. This is a team that is often stronger at home, with the help of its supporters, so they usually make good use of the home advantage, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 7 draws and 1 loss at their stadium. Iraq registers 1 win, 2 draws and 1 loss in the last 4 home matches for the Friendlies. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 5 of the last 6 matches for this competition.

The national team of Iraq arrives at this game with a 2-2 draw against Kuwait, adding the third straight game without losing in friendly matches. In this friendly against powerful Argentina, coach Srecko Katanec should play in 4-4-2, however, with a very defensive strategy, since the opponent holds great players. Justin Meran, Columbus Crew's player, is the athlete with more ability to shake the Iraqi national team, being owner of great quality in the finalization. It seems that the coach has his best players available for this friendly.

Confirmed Lineup: Jalal Hassan Hachim, Alaa Ali Mhawi, Mustafa Nadhim, Ali Adnan, Ali Faez Atiyah, Ahmad Ibrahim Al-Qafaje, Amjad Attwan, Ahmed Yasin, Osama Rashid, Justin Meram, Bashar Rasan.
Coach: S. Katanec.

Analysis of Argentina

The away team plays its 6th friendly match of the year. In the previous friendly matches they registered the following final scores: Colombia (0‑0) Argentina, Argentina (3‑0) Guatemala, Argentina (4‑0) Haiti, Spain (6‑1) Argentina and Argentina (2‑0) Italy. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses in away matches, with 27 goals scored and 22 conceded; against 8 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 25 goals scored and 11 conceded. In the last 10 away matches Argentina has won 5, tied 2 and lost 3. Defensive consistency has been one of their best features, as they have only conceded goals in 1 of the last 5 matches, and their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 4 of the last 5 matches for this competition. In 15 matches, they have conceded the first goal 5 times and have only turned the score around in 1. In the last 11 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 6 of their 17 goals between minutes (46'‑60').

The Argentine national team comes to this game with a goalless home draw against Colombia, registering the second straight match without losing. In this game against Iraq, coach Lionel Scaloni will again risk in the 4-3-3 giving priority to ball possession and organized attacks: Giovani Lo Celso will be one of the main responsible for creating and organizing the offensive process. For this friendly the coach can not count on Armani and Pavón, injured, and still Lionel Messi, by the player's own decision.

Confirmed Lineup: S. Romero, G. Pezzella, F. Bustos, Ramiro Funes Mori, M. Meza, R. De Paul, F. Vázquez, L. Paredes, M. Acuña, P. Dybala, L. Martínez.

Betting suggestion:

The bet we recommend for this friendly is the '' Over 2.5 goals ''. It is anticipated a very disputed clash, with some open moments, hoping that Argentina dominates and has the initiative in the clash since it holds very superior players. In addition, the players use these games to show that they are valid options for upcoming official matches, making betting on goals a good option.
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Friendlies - 2018

  • 94% 390 / 416 Games

  • Home team wins 44.87%
  • Draws 28.72%
  • Away team wins 26.41%
  • Over 1.5 65.64%
  • Over 2.5 41.28%
  • Over 3.5 23.85%
  • Goals 918
  • Goals /match 2.35
  • Goals /match home 1.4
  • Goals /match away 0.96
  • Both teams score 39.23%
  • Goals after 80' 11.98%


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